HIV, viral hepatitis : the funeral care finally allowed

Health 20 July, 2017


Published the 20.07.2017 to 12h49


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“Thirty-one years after its introduction, you have, Mr. President, for the opportunity to put an end to this discrimination, engraved in the French law. We ask you to enter without waiting “. This call of the associations for the defense of hiv-positive patients with Emmanuel Macron, the day after his election, has finally been heard.

They had requested the lifting of the prohibition of funeral care for people living with hiv, which ran since 1986. This Thursday, Agnès Buzyn has signed and published a decree in this sense. In addition to the HIV, viral hepatitis have also been removed from the list of diseases does not give access to these conservation practices. They were since 1998.

A great victory

Associations and patient advocates have not missed to greet this new. “After 20 years of fighting ! The hiv positive are more discriminated against after their death “, he responded on Twitter by Jean-Luc Romero, conseiller régional d’île-de-France and activist in the fight against HIV. “This is a major victory in the fight against the sérophobie and for the dignity of people living with hiv and their relatives,” points out Aids.


funeral care pr séropos HIV/hepatitis ! nice win on 3-j of the#IAS. After d years to start a fight, a reminder that our struggles pay

— Act Up-Paris (@actupparis) July 20, 2017


This emergence signals the end of a series of false hopes. The promises of the political running since 2011. Xavier Bertrand, minister of Labour, Employment and Health under president Sarkozy, said at the time that the texts were ready. François Hollande, had in turn assured the associations of his support. Marisol Touraine announced that it wished to remove the ban on the January 1, 2016, through his law Health. But nothing had been done.