US Planned Parenthood guide causes controversy

A US guide to planned parenthood has raised criticism by suggesting that HIV positive people do not have to disclose their status if they choose not to.

Published by the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the booklet says it should be up to HIV sufferers to decide "if, when, and how to disclose their HIV status".

Its advice comes despite it being a legal requirement in the US to disclose HIV status with partners, with some experts stating the new booklet is essentially advising people to break the law.

However, it claims that such laws "violate the rights of people living with HIV by forcing them to disclose or face the possibility of criminal charges”.

According to Australian organisation Queensland Positive People, “Given that a person must not “recklessly” transmit HIV, it means that a person does not have to disclose their HIV status as long as they practice safe sex.”ADNFCR-2094-ID-801809142-ADNFCR