Associating any illness with lack of morals and/or infidelity can be compared to associating sexual crimes with the victim’s life style and provocative clothing.
It could stigmatise and silence those affected.
I know of an ‘aids widow’ – she receives ‘aids pension’, is in good health, has a child who goes to school. But the family is uncomfortable talking about how her husband died.
How does this silence (caused by stigma) help the government, the medical fraternity and the society in coping with a serious infection?
According to this family, he was infected by a blood transfusion.
Shaming, stigmatising and silencing does not help control crimes or prevent illnesses.
It seems, somehow – some of us see talking about sex as against Indian culture and values.
Are such statements based on facts and information?
India’s Health Minister Says ‘Promote Indian Culture, Not Condoms, To Prevent AIDS’
The Union Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan has said that he would like the government to focus more on promoting the ‘integrity of the sexual relationship between husband and wife’, which was part of Indian culture, to create awareness about AIDS and HIV rather than promote usage of condoms. In an interview to The New York Times, he said that promoting the use of condoms ‘sends the wrong message that you can have any kind of illicit sexual relationship, but as long as you’re using a condom, it’s fine’ and that “The thrust of the AIDS campaign should not only be on the use of condoms.”