Last updated on: 8 May 2012

Criminalisation of HIV transmission/exposure

Whether Specific law enacted: 
Yes - 2006 - Based on Model Law
Number of people prosecuted: 
Number of people convicted: 

Other laws and policies with an impact on responses to HIV

Laws and regulations relating to entry, stay or residence in the country: 

There are no specific legal regulations concerning the entry into Benin. No medical certificate has to be presented when entering the country. However, an HIV test is required when applying for a long-term residence permit. In case of a positive test result, law does not forbid the grant of a long-term residence permit. The permit is granted at the discretion of the officer dealing with the application.

There are no specific residence regulations regarding people with HIV/AIDS. The Embassy can't judge how the problem is handled in practice. Nothing has been heard about controls, deportations or expulsions. It is possible that residence permits won't be extended in the case of a positive test result.

There are no specific entry or residence regulations for people with HIV/AIDS. No HIV test result is required to enter the country.

Foreigners with a known HIV infection are not subject to specific residence regulations. Nobody is deported for being HIV-infected.

Medication for personal use can be imported (3 month supply).

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Benin.

Travellers are required to carry evidence of yellow fever and cholera vaccination.

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Laws relating to same sex, sexual relations: 

Male to Male relationships: Legal

Punishments for male to male relationships: No law

Female to Female Relationships: Legal

Age of consent: Different for heterosexuals and homosexuals

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Protective laws and policies for people living with HIV: