Response stories

Refusal to organize the childbirth due to HIV status

Kateryna turned to the “Institute of Pediatrics, Obstetrics, and Gynecology” to a doctor for consultation and registration for further childbirth in this medical institution. The doctor conducted an examination and as soon as she found out that Kateryna had a positive HIV status, she immediately refused her further services, arguing that “in their institution, people with AIDS do not give birth and they do not accept such patients, as it is dangerous for others.”

After this unpleasant situation, Kateryna turned to the REAct documentator for a consultation regarding denying her medical service. The client was immediately consulted on legal issues and offered to make a statement to the chief physician regarding the wrongful refusal of medical services.

In addition, the woman was given all the necessary recommendations regarding maternity hospitals, where women with HIV are treated responsibly and tolerantly. At the client’s request, she was referred to the corresponding friendly specialist in the health center. Regarding the doctor of the “Institute of Pediatrics, Obstetrics, and Gynecology”, a disciplinary sanction was applied as a reprimand, and the medical director of the Institute was informed about this decision.