Do any US states require mandatory premarital AIDS tests?

December 23, 2009

In today's day and age, AIDS (or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is one of the most feared conditions. The fact that it is largely acquired via sexual intercourse makes it a very real danger in a society where sex is considered to be a rather casual interaction at times. Transmission, however, is not only restricted to sexual intercourse but can also take place via contaminated hypodermic needles, blood transfusion, breastfeeding, and childbirth. The condition is very widespread and recent studies have shown that about 2.1 million people all over the world suffer from it and this figure includes about 330,000 children. Some in depth research shows that the condition first originated in the regions of west - central Africa around the late nineteenth or early twentieth century and first discovered to exist in the United States of America around the early 1980's. The fact that most affected people today also have to live through a very apparent social stigma that sees them outcasts of most societies make their lives a little bit harder just when they need all the support they can get. The overall quality of life is severely affected - thereby prompting a number of social work organizations to promote safe sex as well as needle exchange programs in an attempt to slow down the spread of this deadly virus.

While every strong relationship and marriage is built on a stable bed of trust, there has been a lot of debate about whether premarital AIDS tests need to be made obligatory all over the country as a result of a number of spouses hiding their condition from their wives or husbands. While the condition is not easily noticeable when it initially infiltrates the system, it will become very apparent and cause a significant change to your lifestyle, which ultimately leads to the demise of the individual. While a premarital AIDS test has not yet become an official obligation in any State in the United States of America, some states have introduced into their law that it must be offered. In fact, recent studies have shown that about 79% of the public would be in favor of having a premarital AIDS test be made compulsory in the country. However, the entire debate boils down to one fact. If the prospective groom and wife were to be able to reach a level of trust where they can confide in each other the most intense secrets and be completely honest about any medical complications they suffer from, the partner is most often ready to stand by their spouse's side and fight the problem together.

Submitted by M T on December 23, 2009 at 11:18

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