chapter  7
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The Law and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Competing Claims and Interests

WithKwame Frimpong

This chapter attempts to raise some of the fundamental legal issues involved with the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) epidemic. The AIDS Prevention Unit of the Ministry of Health found itself incapable of taking any measures in dealing with the problem. The law had no provision for arresting the man as he had committed no specific crime. The problem is to determine the role that the law can play in attempting to satisfy the competing interests. It is important to stress at this point that as a general practice, society does not always turn a blind eye and allow individuals to exercise their own rights. The most controversial problem involving AIDS and families is marriage and sexual partnership. Cultural differences play a major role in the determination of a marriage or partnership.