Kyrgyz Republic

Last updated on: 27 June 2012

Criminalisation of HIV transmission/exposure

Kyrgyz Republic
Whether Specific law enacted: 
Yes
Number of people prosecuted: 
-
Number of people convicted: 
-
Applicable law: 

Criminal Law of the Kyrgyz Republic, Law about HIV/AIDS in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Key wording in the law: 

The key wording of the law is not known. 

Discussion: 

The specific law about transmission of HIV was introduced in August 2005. Other sexually transmitted infections are also subject to prosecutions under the Criminal Law, statute 118 (Administrative Law about wilful neglect of transmitted infections examination and treatment).

According to our information there have been no prosecutions for the 'sexual' transmission of HIV from one individual to another. However there have been at least 15 prosecutions for transmission brought about by medical negligence. All of these prosecutions occurred in 2008. It is our understanding that as of September 2008 this had resulted in 3 convictions.

Survey respondents/Organisations working on HIV and the Law: 

UNAIDS Kyrgyz Republic

Further reading: 

Kyrgyzstan rocked by HIV scandal (BBC-News, March 20, 2008)

Other laws and policies with an impact on responses to HIV

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

Some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors to and foreign residents of the Kyrgyz Republic. The law states that visitors staying more than one month must present evidence that they are HIV negative .

For updated information, please go to: www.hivrestrictions.org

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:  Equal for heterosexuals and homosexuals

Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: No law

For updated information, please go to: http://ilga.org