Friday, February 1, 2008

New plan for HIV marriage tests

A commission set up by the Indian state of Maharashtra have provisionally approved the compulsory human immunodeficiency virus testing of couples before marriage.

If the determination is made into law, Maharashtra would be the first state in the state to have got such as a scheme.

Officials attending the meeting said that mandatory testing was necessary in a state where human immunodeficiency virus consciousness is low.

But they state that the proposal will not be enforced until extended populace audiences have got taken place.

The state of Andhra Pradesh announced similar programs in 2006 but they were abandoned.

India have one of the peak Numbers of people with human immunodeficiency virus in the world.

'High risk'

Supporting the usage of mandatory Aids diagnostic tests before matrimony in Maharashtra, lawyer Jaya Nair of the state's Law Graduates Association said the move was indispensable for a society where human immunodeficiency virus prevalence is so high.

Some Indian politicians are actively encouraging human immunodeficiency virus tests

The association have petitioned the Mumbai High tribunal and Supreme Court over the issue, as well as making mental representations to the state parliament.

"We make not care what people make in their personal lives and this is not to irrupt on their space," said Multiple Sclerosis Nair.

"However, there are an increasing figure of lawsuits where a individual makes not know, or deliberately hides, his or her human immunodeficiency virus position and travels ahead with an arranged marriage.

"The partner and the children are at high hazard and bear the brunt of it all their lives."

Another protagonist of the proposal, radiocommunication broadcaster Pankaj Athawale, said that if it travels ahead the government will have got to be on the qui vive for deceitful certifications which might be used to cover up an individual's HIV positive status.

'Not comfortable'

Opposition to this proposal come ups from different quarters.

Guidelines laid down by the National Aids Control Arrangement state that no-one should be forced to experience a compulsory human immunodeficiency virus test, and the consequences should not be used as stipulations for employment or providing healthcare.

The arrangement argued that diagnostic tests should be taken ahead of matrimony only if both political parties are in agreement.

"I don't believe it should be compulsory. I am not comfy with forcing people to make any sort of testing," said human rights lawyer Siddharth Narrain.

Management executive director Prajakta Bengali argued that such as an thought have a long manner to travel before it goes socially acceptable.

"Families travel through respective units of ammunition of horoscopes and planet charts but they will not hold to human immunodeficiency virus testing," she said.

The proposals have got not been universally well received

"And this is not about rural people or the poor. Most of the educated urban people would have got issues even talking about it. Implementing this diagnostic test would be near impossible."

But at a community clinic in North Mumbai, frail Sarita [not her existent name] - who have been human immunodeficiency virus positive for the last five old age - wishings she had been tested before getting married.

"My hubby never told me, and died as an castaway Aids patient in a local hospital," she said.

"Only after he was admitted was I told to travel for tests, and the docs discovered that I had contracted [the illness] too.

"Over the last few old age I have got lost household support and I cannot work like before. I was cheated and the individual who cheated me is dead. I wish things had been different."

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