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HIV/AIDS Tests to be Made Compulsory in Andhra Pradesh

The Government of AP plans to make the HIV/AIDS tests compulsory for any couple who wants to register their marriage. This supposed to help combat the spread of the disease. A BBC News Article talks about this issue in details. Please read it in case you are intrigued.

While I do appreciate the fact that these officials are trying to do “something” to address the issue, I do have my own doubts. Firstly, these officers plan to get tested themselves in order to serve as an example for others to follow. What exactly will be the outcome of such a test? Even though it’s supposed to be confidential, I can’t help but question the efficiency of the whole system. How confidential will the reports really be? Is it guaranteed that the officers won’t be asked to voluntarily resign if their tests are positive?

Apart from this, I don’t know if you guys are aware of this fact, but the virus can remain undetected for at least six months even after getting affected. So, if a couple were to take this test today and then get married after a week, it is possible that they might think that they are good to go, but in reality, one of them might be infected.

There are a number of tests that are needed to be taken in order to be pretty sure that he/she is not infected. As far as I know, most of the people won’t be able to afford even the basic test, forget about the advanced one. This will make them ignore the whole issue and get married without registering it. Of course, the middle and upper class will take the basic test because it is pretty affordable for them, but what about the poor people amongst whom the disease is the most rampant? So, this proposed law fails to address the basic issue in this regard.

There are many other problems that I can still think about. What if two people have already consumated their relationship before taking the test? What exactly does the test do in this case?

All I can see is that the tests will help couples be sure to certain extent whether they are infected or not, but it doesn’t really solve any problem. It’s funny that the Govt. plans to make this law mandatory, but hasn’t thought about the practicality of the whole situation or how successful it will be.

Oh, and what about those people who are not getting married?

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6 thoughts on “HIV/AIDS Tests to be Made Compulsory in Andhra Pradesh

  1. Oh you really thought on this one and you’re actually pretty much correct.But maybe they just thought that by doing this,they’d save a few people but again as you said,not many are gonna be interested in taking the test.

    It’s not only married couples that are at risk! The first step they need to take is check the blood and the syringes while transfusions.Even though they say they do,many people are still getting AIDS due to it.Next they need to check the unmarried couples cause that’s where a lot of it happens too.

    If they’re gonna ask an HIV+ person to leave,then it’s absolutely failing in what they’re trying to do.We don’t only need to be cautious but also need to support those who’ve already got the disease.They need our help otherwise they’d die even earlier.After all,they are also human beings and deserve a reasonable life even if they made a mistake due to which they got the virus once.

  2. parmanu says:

    ” How confidential will the reports really be? Is it guaranteed that the officers won’t be asked to voluntarily resign if their tests are positive?”

    Thats a general issue. Nothing specific about this testing. How confidential are other STDs report in India. How confidential is a pregnancy test report in India. This is overall transperency issue our country has.

    about virus detection, I wud think that would comprise very low percentage of actual cases. Yes no tests are fool proof. There is always a risk factor. But I think considerable cases would be detected by then.

    “As far as I know, most of the people won’t be able to afford even the basic test, forget about the advanced one. ”
    This SHOULD be free. Its a national disaster in India. If government cant afford it, people should, donations, NGOs, etc.

    “As far as I know, most of the people won’t be able to afford even the basic test, forget about the advanced one. ”
    Nothing. Although if thats the case, one might still be lucky and NOT infect. so I would say worth it. If they did infect, then well YOU BETTER get married now, instead of spoiling someother life.

    Oh, and what about those people who are not getting married?

    Well we can only pray that if they are so open-minded about entire live-in relationship, they also know this 4 letter word called AIDS.

    Its not that only about-to-be-married couple can take this test. Others can too. Its just not mandatory, but with enough awareness programs, they might just do it anyways.

  3. Parmanu,

    “This SHOULD be free. Its a national disaster in India. If government cant afford it, people should, donations, NGOs, etc.”

    Yes, ideally, it would be free. But the article didn’t talk about the monetary part of the story. If it’s not free, then I don’t know how many people will even bother getting tested.

    I think what is required is to spread awareness amongst people that there are many other ways by which people can contract HIV/AIDS. I feel that the proper sequence of implementing such a program is missing. Without laying the foundations, the govt. is going ahead and jumping to the next step, which won’t really work until they take care of the basics such as educating the population that they are in fact at risk and it’s not really a myth/rumor/whatever.

    I can speak for myself that I consider getting tested to be really important. But I don’t think that there are many people out there who feel the same way, else the country wouldn’t be in such a position.

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