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a half-baked AIDS-related query

i was all indignant and wanted to really give this a whole lot of effort... but it's 2am, and I'm not going to have much time tomorrow b4 i head off to the boozefest weekend with the gals.

So, here are some links, do click and read while they are still valid.
1. NST 30 June 2006: Spotlight: HIV: The rising fear factor
2. NST 30 June 2006 Spotlight: Blood test for couples poser
3. The Star 30 June 2006 HIV Blood doners[sic] to face jail term


Some reactions

1. Out of the blue , all of a sudden, this "donating of AIDS-infected blood" is a huge issue that requires a law to criminalise such acts? What on earth happened that this suddenly blows up? Did some VIP's relative get infected via blood transfusion therefore there's this hoo-hah?? I'm not negating the message here - heck if you KNOWINGLY donate "contaminated" blood of any sort, i do hope there's a corner of hell set aside especially for ya - but I am *so* curious why it's suddenly splashed on the front page of The Star. Nothing like this happens without a backstory. So what's the story??

2. "... there must be a concerted effort to stop the disease from spreading faster..." and you wanna do this by throwing infected blood donors in jail? Okay so you're perhaps preventing spread by contaminated blood transfusions - but please tell me what % of infection comes from cases like this? And (more importantly) - how many of these infected blood donors did it KNOWINGLY? And if they had been identified as being infected, were they properly advised & counselled? Did they KNOW they shouldn't donate blood? Hasn't the Malaysian AIDS Council faced an uphill battle trying to educate the masses (and the government!) on everything AIDS-related??!

3. "...all Muslim couples must go for HIV tests before getting married...": I'm sorry but why *just* Muslims? Does the govt not care if the non-Muslims are infected??? Seriously - without providing the rationale behind such a statement, one fills in the blanks with one's own speculation: "racial cleansing" was what popped into MY head.

there were more points - but brain fried.

bed is calling.

g'nite!

Comments

  1. Hiya,
    I read those 3 articles (2 in the NST and one in the Star) and got cold shivers down my spine.
    You are right, there must be an ulterior motive to the sudden clamp down... What is it? We may unfortunately never know.
    And why are only Muslims concerned? My 2 cents:
    1) the govermenment of the day only care sof the welfare of the Muslims. If "yang lain-lain" (the others) die off, then, the percentage of Muslims will increase. After all, the aim to Islamicize Malaysia, is it not?
    2) Those getting infected the most are, in fact, the Malays and hence, muslims). Despite the outward "piousness" most of them are randy and horny (Melayu kuat seks). Marriage? For appearances. Sleep around? Happens all the time.

    And notice something else in the reports? They mention that the percentage of women being infected has increased. Soon, they'll be blaming the women for the spread of the disease. Mark my words...

    Malapetaka betul

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