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HIV/AIDS TESTING BEFORE MARRIAGE

January 19, 2009

A question of burning vitality arises today: The Government of Goa is proposing the introduction of a legislation for HIV/AIDS mandatory. Is it a good move? What does the Catholic Church have to say about this news?

We shall try to summarize the Statement issued by the Council for Social Justice and Peace of the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman ( see Renewal, July 1-31, 2006, vol.35, nn.13-14, pp.ii-iii).

There has been alarming growth rate of new HIV/AIDS infections, especially in young people, in Goa.

The Catholic Church in India is deeply concerned about the increasing rate of HIV/AIDS infection in the country. She has been intensely mobilizing her resources in order to curb its further spread and joining hands with like-minded groups countrywide. Through reflection she has come out with an official document, “HIV/AIDS Policy of the Catholic Church in India” in 2005. It states that the Church’s approach to the problem is guided by an all-rounded view of the human person as someone created in the image of God and endowed with mind, heart and willpower, enriched with a God-given dignity and inalienable human rights.

In this context, the Church stands firm in her belief that the traditional teaching of sexual abstinence before marriage and faithfulness within marriage are the keys to the control of HIV/AIDS infection. At the same time, she acknowledges that human failing and resultant sexual transgressions as well as other modes of transmission of the virus often end in the infection of innocent, unknowing and unsuspecting people. She is, therefore, committed to provide prevention education to all, especially the youth and the vulnerable, so that they can make informed, responsible and meaningful choices that will protect them from being infected with HIV.

The Church in Goa has been taking various measures for an extensive education of the society at large, beginning with school and college students. She has established shelters for HIV/AIDS patients and, most importantly, has engaged herself in intensive counseling of couples preparing to get married.

As a result, many of these counseled couples voluntarily opted for HIV/AIDS testing, as part of their marriage preparation. The Church has analyzed the various implications and consequences coming from the proposed legislation of the State Government. There are some factors to be taken into account: 1.The unpredictability and false security arising from a negative test conducted during the window period.

2.The extensive infrastructural set-up required at various levels (professionalism in counseling, testing and care of those found positive) and the enormous expenditures involved;

3.The prevailing tendency towards corruption in official circles, making false testing and certification a high probability;

4.The difficulty in maintaining confidentiality in case of a positive detection.

In view of safefuarding human rights, voluntariness of testing must remain at the heart of all HIV/AIDS policies and programmes.

All AIDS Contorl Organizations state that HIV/AIDS testing should only be voluntary, with pre- and post-test counseling.

The Church in Hoa respects human conscience and responsible freedom, therefore she advocates the principle of informed consent and voluntary testing with counseling support. On the other hand, she rejects any form of unethical testing practice that offends the dignity of the concerned individuals. She hopes, therefore, that any proposed legislation in the this regard will rather stress the need for intensive preparation courses before marriage and adequate professional counseling that will, in turn, lead to Voluntary HIV/AIDS testing by the couple preparing for marriage. Such measures will definitely help in the promotion of a healthy and a compassionate society, wherein the true value and dignity of the human person is safeguarded and genuinely respected.

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(Konknni bhaxantor)

Logna Adim HIV-Topasnni

Goencho Sorkar Goeam ek novo nem’-kaido bhitor haddunk evjita, to mhollear logna adim novrea-hoklen HIV-topasnni korchi. Hem panvl sarkhem asa, oso ek vichar asa. Katolk Povitr-sobha he vexim kitem evjita?

Hea thoddea vollimni, Goenchea ani Damanchea Dhormprantache Somajik Niti- ani Sovostkae khatir Sobhen tharav porghottaila, tacho amo sonkxep ditat (polle Renewal, Julaiache 1-31ver, 2006 vorsa, vol.35, ank 13-14, panam ii-iii).

Goeam, bhovkorn tornnatteam modhim, HIV/AIDS pidda mottea promannan vaddot veta. Goenche Povitr-sobhek he babtint husko asa, tinnem ier pongddam borabor khub vavr kela ani dakhlo bhair kaddla: “HIV/AIDS Policy of the Catholic Church in India”. Povitr-sobha mon’xanche hok’k rakhunk-samballunk vavurta. Mon’xak gnean, apkhoxi, kallji asat, taka mon’xall vorteponn asa. Dekhun, Povitr-sobha logna vexim xikovn ditona, visvaxi mog ani lognachi povitrtai xikoita. Ti mon’xanchi osoktai vollkhota ani dekhun he pidde sombondhim xiddkaita ani bud’dh dita, odhikkorn tornnatteank xikxonn vatt’ta.

He piddecher tabo dovorche khatir Goenchea dhormprantant Povitr-sobhen khub upai ghetleat, xallam ani vidheapittam vorvim xikxonn dilam. Thoddeo addkholli asat, teo ti vollkhota. Ponn HIV-topasnni apkhoxen manun ghevnchi, ti zobordosten thaponvchi nhoi, oxem ti xikoita. Zata title upai vapddun, khub xikovn ani mon’vruti aschi. Lhanponnim thann ti suru zanvchi.

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