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    (Original post by Beekeeper)
    It may aswell be pie in the sky. Our situation with regard to STIs is not comparable in the slightest to that of most African countries, their problem is on a much bigger scale than ours, and many of them have drastically different views to Britain when it comes to safeguarding individual freedoms, so i feel this approach is not suited to our needs and we need to come up with our own solution.
    AS said, this was more of a general question rather than one limited to the UK specifically.

    Ill admit though that we did drift in that direction.

    Regardless, I dont see how the fact that it is another country really alters whether or not you think the usurption of personal liberty is justifiable. Is it simply because the situation is more dire there?
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    AS said, this was more of a general question rather than one limited to the UK specifically.

    Ill admit though that we did drift in that direction.

    Regardless, I dont see how the fact that it is another country really alters whether or not you think the usurption of personal liberty is justifiable. Is it simply because the situation is more dire there?
    The fact that the situation is far more serious and widespread there means this method would be a lot more cost effective than it would be in Britain.

    And with regards to personal liberty, I think it's fair to say that such a strategy as this would be better suited to a country with lower respect for individual freedom than one that puts huge emphasis on it. It would certainly be difficult to pass into law in Britain and it would spark widespread protest, as the Government would again be forcing people to do something against their will.
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    (Original post by Beekeeper)
    And with regards to personal liberty, I think it's fair to say that such a strategy as this would be better suited to a country with lower respect for individual freedom than one that puts huge emphasis on it. It would certainly be difficult to pass into law in Britain and it would spark widespread protest, as the Government would again be forcing people to do something against their will.
    But how would that change YOUR perception of the virtues of forced testing?
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    But how would that change YOUR perception of the virtues of forced testing?
    It wouldn't change my personal perception of anything. The only forced testing i'm bothered about is that which is going to affect the citizens of Britain, which I see as a country which values individual freedom.

    If politicians in African countries want to do this then thats their choice, what i'm saying is that this method isn't for us.
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    Money would be better spent targeting groups of young people and those in high risk groups. It still has to be remembered that the average number of sexual partners, amongst people 18-50, is 6. Within the 'actively' (i.e. socialising in gay venues) gay community, Stonewall estimates the figure to be somewhere between 20-30.

    I do think that the idea of compulsory STD/HIV testing is attractive, but it has huge consequences. For starters, if your doctor is carrying out the tests, then the results have to be declared for insurance purposes, which can act to massively discourage people from using their GP. (If you have HIV you are unlikely to get a mortgage, as no one is going to give you new life insurance). Also, present facilities are high stretched- in some areas people are waiting four weeks at GUM clinics!

    What is needed is surely a re-think on sex education. We've told people it is fine to sleep around as long as they use a condom, when quite frankly it is not. Adverts for HIV/AIDs carry glamorous and healthy looking people, when the reality is a truly horrifying illness.

    In the US, teenagers are taught to ask about their partners' sexual history, why don't people here do that?

    Ideally, if we had a decent NHS in this country young people would be given proper medicals, which would include a talk about safe sex. I personally dont think you could beat that one on one session. It would certainly make people think carefully about their choices.
 
 
 
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