There was a big article about HIV patients in Bangalore Times of Times Of India yesterday. Not sure how many read that one. Basically it was about getting the partners tested for HIV AIDS before getting married, and also making AIDS test mandatory for certifying marriages.
This is not a simple topic, There are so many angles to this.
Firstly. If you think the advantages wise, It seems to be great, It may reduce the chances of women/men getting the disease when the partner acts as a Carrier. It might indirectly make people more careful about their life. More importantly It will prevent the their children from having it. But all said Is it really practical?
I cant Imagine how this can be implemented practically in Indian society. Considering most of the marriages in Indian are still arranged ones, how will the test results be exchanged, Will the horoscopes be sent along with an HIV detection test result?. So what if the tests are positive, Will they be allowed to marry only other people who also have tested positive?. What will be the expiry period of these results? so every month of the acquaintance till marriage will be a new result?. Ok now lets take the still minority number of so called “love” marriages. So when somebody actually sees a girl, Is he supposed to carry his test results around?. Or whenever he proposed along with the ring he will also have a certificate.
It sounds like sarcasms and also blown out a lot out of proportion, But believe me there is no easy way out. How practical this would be is a great question mark.
Lets forget about practicality, difficult but lets agree that this becomes a practice and its no longer a problem. Now emotionally also how taxing this will be. How people will start to judge person just looking at the results. Another biggest thing, what is the use of all this. If a relationship is based on a result, which can be correct or incorrect, how strong the relationship is going to be?. Is not the relationships supposed to be based on trust. If the trust is more on the lab technician who tests,than the partner, will that relationship be healthy?. So isn’t this a discrimination against HIV patients
All said and done, I am not against the proposal. But the problem is there are no wrong answers when it comes to questions like these.