The Treatment Advocacy Literacy Campaign says no one should be forced to undergo an HIV test.
TALC Country Cordinator Felix Mwanza said the move by the University Teaching Hospital and other public health facilities to start diagnosing all admissions for HIV without the consent of the patients is an abuse of human rights.
Mr Mwanza said HIV diagnosis and any other clinical tests must be carried out if the full consent of the patient.
He said his organisation has always advocated for the full knowledge of testing and treatment regimes that patients living with HIV have to undergo.
“Our fear is that if not properly handled, this might lead to increased cases of stigma against people living with HIV. Our stance is that patients have to be taken on board,” Mr Mwanza said.
He said the national HIV response strategy also advocates for Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) which he said should be promoted.
It has emerged that UTH and some public clinics are implementing a new testing protocol called Diagnostic Testing and Counselling (DTC) which entails that all admissions are subjected to HIV testing.
UTH Spokesman Mwenya Mulenga explained that DTC is aimed at helping the hospital diagnose patients faster and speed up the treatment process without wasting time on unnecessary tests.