Mandatory AIDS Testing

AIDS has become a worldwide epidemic that has struck every identifiable group.
However, persons who are considered to be in a high-risk group of contracting
HIV, the disease believed to cause AIDS, are still stigmatized by the media and
other professionals as being diseased and abnormal. It is quite surprising
still that this type of stereotype still exists now in our gender-bending
society. No longer do only gays, prostitutes, bisexual men, intravenous drug
users contract HIV, the heterosexual community is also facing the epidemic at
phenomenon increases. It is estimated that heterosexual transmission accounts
for 75% of all AIDS cases in the world.(Video, CBC In Review) And ...

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very effective, however, when
it is applied, it is not practical at all because one is dealing with human
nature, the odd nature of the virus itself, and also all of the stigmas that are
attached to AIDS. Therefore, not only will mandatory AIDS testing not prevent
HIV infection, it will indirectly increase HIV infection because of the adverse
effect it will have on voluntary testers. One of the major flaws of mandatory
AIDS testing is that "it provides people with a false sense of security."(Greig,
p68) When one goes for AIDS testing or more accurately an HIV antibody test
which is also know as the ELISA test (Kolodny, p42), one tests for the presence
of HIV antibodies not for the virus itself. Our bodies manufacture antibodies
to fight against foreign infections, therefore the presence of HIV antibodies
indicates that the person is infected with HIV and is considered a carrier and
may infect others. However, if the person is infected recently enough, ...

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transmitted diseases) such as syphilis, gonorrhea, herpes simplex
where there is treatment for the diseases. (Greig, p71) For AIDS, there is no
cure or vaccines, therefore, people living with AIDS(PWA) are not treated but in
fact being re-educated again. With all the hassle and insecurity of the
mandatory AIDS testing policy, people will become reluctant to test. Also
because the results of the tests will be kept on file and the results are
accessible by some selected individuals and groups, people will become even more
hesitant to test voluntarily first let alone be mandatory. The consequences of
public disclosure or even select disclosure are very damaging to a person ...

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