1What is LACE?
LACE is a legal aid clinic that provides pro bono services to those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and survivors of sexual, gender-based, and domestic violence.
2For what kinds of cases will LACE provide representation?
If you qualify to be a client of LACE, we will provide representation for any legal matter.
3How much will representation cost?
LACE’s services are completely free to our clients. LACE receives grant money to be able to provide our services free of charge.
4What should I do if I am raped or assaulted? What should I do if my child is defiled?
- Go to the hospital IMMEDIATELY. Getting medical treatment for injuries and having a doctor’s documentation of the injuries is most important. Do NOT take a shower or bath first.
- Keep the clothes you were wearing at the time of the assault in a bag that is not plastic to turn over as evidence.
- Come to LACE and we will guide you through every step – from talking to the police to going to court and facing your attacker.
- Get counseling through CAR-E or another organization – your attack was not your fault.
5What does the law say in Kenya about HIV & AIDS?
The Kenya HIV & AIDS PREVENTION ACT NO. 14 OF 2006 provides the right to testing, screening, and access to health care; and that HIV ordinary tests are not allowed; that HIV tests are allowed only IF – (1) you are charged with a sex crime; or (2) you are unconscious and your doctor believes and HIV test is clinically necessary or desirable in the interest of the person.
- HIV Test results can only be released to you or to the child’s parent or legal guardian.
- The law also places that any willfully transmission of HIV is criminal.
- It also protects you from any discriminatory acts and policies on grounds of actual, perceived or suspected HIV status.
- Kenya is a member of the United Nations and therefore, SHOULD uphold and obey both the international and local Human rights treaties including your rights as a victim of HIV & Aids.
- Freedom of association
6What should people understand about the law and legal practice in Kenya?
- Court processes and case handling.
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7Do you have any rights if infected or affected by HIV & AIDS?
- At your present Job : Your employer has got no right to transfer, sack or denies your promotion because you have contracted HIV and AIDS.
- Freedom of movement: In the event that your kinsmen, family or community discover that you have AIDS, you cannot be quarantined, isolated or barred from traveling even into or outside of the country. If you are traveling in other countries, they have no right to deport or deny entry to their country because of your status.
- You have a right to Education: If you are seeking admission or already enrolled in school, you cannot be denied, teased or expelled because you have AIDS! You have the right to be part of the various school activities with full participation.
- You have the right to access health facilities: You cannot be denied access to healthcare services at any health institution and have a right to free or subsidized treatments.
8What would be your responsibilities when you know your status?
- You must inform your partner before sex or your doctor may tell your partner of your status.
- Do not share needles with others or intentionally place another person at a risk of becoming infected with the virus; this is a criminal offence that can attract a fine of up to 500.000/=, imprisonment of up to 7yrs or both!