Marriage is the Main Cause of Women HIV Contagination in India
India takes the third place in the world among the countries with the highest amount of HIV-positive population. That is partially explained by the vast number of the whole population. But some of the social groups in India are subjected to the contamination more than the others. And it is sad to admit that this group is the married women. The women who are married usually lack knowledge, the have ho power in their families so they can’t save themselves from this awful infection. Their husbands may have sexual relationships with other women or take drugs. But the wife is the one accused of the bringing the dreadful disease to the family. This phenomenon however may be observed not only in India, but also in the other countries, even the most developed ones.
When any of the members of an Indian family appears to be a HIV-positive one this will inevitably lead to the ostracism of the wife. The high level of the prejudice, the lack of medical knowledge among the average population and the androcratic society prevents the married women from resisting the disease and protecting their own health. Indian society is the real example of the situation where the conservative marriage becomes an obstacle for the preventative measures against AIDS and survival of people.
In India HIV is not merely an infection and AIDS is not a disease. These are the terms which are connected with the vast number of different fears, rumors and preconceptions. For the most part of Indian women the abandonment and humiliation connected with HIV are more fearful than the disease itself. That’s why they prefer to hide their diagnosis. This is the source of the paradox. Though the number of contamination cases is growing the HIV status of the population remains the same. The healthcare system of India only boosts the development of stigmatization the HIV-positive people. The documents of these people are neglected or treated carelessly and the personal information leaks. The HIV-positive citizens get the worst service. There are cases when these people were rejected to receive the first aid. Altogether these factors diminish all the efforts to treat and prevent AIDS and to inform the population about the HIV preventive measures.
The Indian women often appear to be helpless in their families which puts them at the risk of HIV contamination. Though the democracy begins to retain its power most of the women still have no right to choose their husband themselves. More than 90 % of Indian marriages were contracted according to the agreement of the parents. To make an HIV-positive woman leave her house and live homelessly is a common practice in the present day India.