Last updated on: 6 February 2014

Criminalisation of HIV transmission/exposure

Whether Specific law enacted: 
Number of people prosecuted: 
1, possibly 2
Number of people convicted: 
1, other case result unknown
Key Cases: 

Police arrest HIV positive prostitute. By Ahmed Nazeer, 4 February 2010.

Police have arrested an HIV positive prostitute after she allegedly had sex with several Maldivians. Head of the Serious and Organised Crime unit Ahmed Saudhy said the 27 year old woman arrived in Male “as a tourist” on 16 January, after travelling from “a neighbouring country.” Saudhy claimed the woman had sex with several Maldivians, and “earned a large amount of money in a short time”. He said the woman had admitted that she was a prostitute and police were continuing to investigate the case.

Senior public health officer at the Centre for Community Health and Disease Control (CCHDC) Abdul Hameed said prostitutes were keen to work in the Maldives because there was “high demand” for their services. He said the practice was dangerous and carried a high risk of HIV transmission, and advised all Maldivians “to stay away from prostitutes who come to the Maldives.” 

There were an estimated 34 HIV positive people in the country, ”although records show 14″ he said. ”The best prevention is to be aware,” he said. Source:


Other laws and policies with an impact on responses to HIV

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

For tourists entering with a visa valid for up to one month, there are no restrictions and they are not asked any questions regarding their health. There are no specific residence regulations, which means that people with AIDS won’t be deported.

Proof of yellow fever immunisation is required for those arriving from infected areas.

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Laws relating to same sex, sexual relations: 

Male to Male relationships: Not Legal

Female to Female Relationships: NotLegal

Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: No law

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