Last updated on: 28 August 2015

Criminalisation of HIV transmission/exposure

Whether Specific law enacted: 
Number of people prosecuted: 
Number of people convicted: 
Applicable law: 

Loi sur la Santé de la Reproduction (Law on reproductive health)

An HIV specific law is currently being developed, but not yet approved by the Parliament.

Key wording in the law: 

Not yet available in final version.


From the information received it appears that an HIV specific law has not yet been approved by the Parliament. More information will be available once the law is in force.

Survey respondents/Organisations working on HIV and the Law: 

Ismaila Goudiaby,BP : 10290,Dakar.Sénégal(+221) 77. 658 . 71. 12, /

UNFPA - Laty NDoye, UNFPA BP,Dakar, Sénégal,(+221) 33 889 67 67,

ANCS - Maguette M’Bodj,(+221) 338 69 30 11, Sida Service

Paul Sagna,(+221) 77 644 12 66

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 entry or residence regulations for people living with HIV and AIDS. Neither a medical certificate nor an HIV test result is required when entering the country. Foreigners with a known HIV infection are not subject to specific residence regulations. There are no regulations regarding the control, deportation or expulsion of those concerned.

Antiretroviral medication can be imported for personal use. It is recommended to carry a prescription.

Proof of yellow fever vaccination is recommended for all travellers, and is required for travellers arriving from another African country.

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Laws relating to same sex, sexual relations: 

Male to Male relationships: Not Legal

Punishments for male to male relationships: Imprisonment of 10 years or more

Female to Female Relationships: Not Legal

Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: No law

For updated information, please go to:

NEWS: August 2015 : Jailing of gay men in Senegal . Article can be found here 


Protective laws and policies for people living with HIV: