HIV positive status cannot be sole ground for denying employment or promotion: AHC

The Allahabad High Court (AHC) in a case involving denial of promotion to a CRPF employee, on the ground of him being Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) positive, held that persons diagnosed with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) or HIV cannot be denied employment or promotions, solely on account of them being HIV-positive, if they are otherwise fit to work. The AHC further observed that “HIV/AIDS patients have a right of equal treatment everywhere and they cannot be denied job opportunity or discriminated in employment matters on the ground of their HIV/AIDS status.