Free HIV testing for homosexuals

To be gay is never a choice, but one is never exempt from risks. These risks may include discrimination, abuse, violence, and of course HIV-AIDS.

HIV-AIDS has mainly been attributed to gays since time immemorial. Though one can counter this notion by justifying that such disease is not merely surrounding the LGBT community alone, the stereotype still lingers, and the best that can be done is to prevent and make people aware.

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Providing free testing to homosexuals has more likely been a privilege. It has catered to those who are at risk and who may need guidance in the lifestyle they have. Testing does not only involve getting the results handed solely, but there is counseling involved that will provide awareness to those who are being tested. Love Yourself Hub is one that will provides such service. What is good about this is that there is that sense of acceptance no matter what happens once you get into these centers.

Though this may be seen on a positive note, the implicit regard to homosexuals as being more at risk than the heterosexual counterpart is rather highlighting more so the notion that indeed gays are really into such random sexual acts, as being purported by the “puritans,” and this will instead defeat the purpose of making things better. There is then the question of why such testing is provided free. It would seem suspicion-leading since instead of killing the idea that gays are worth the judgement of bigotry, it would augment cultural beliefs on the gay lifestyle.

I would argue this by saying that such services are rather offered for affirmative action. This means to say that the minor group is accommodated more to allow influx of opportunity, when in the current system it is otherwise. In this case, since gays are rather discriminated in hospitals when they want to get tested, they would rather evade such anxiety-causing situations and just remain untested and unaware. Since there is no tolerance in society, they would rather stay lurking in the dark. The current system is rather leading to problems. So the free testing offered is rather a move in, first, solving the spread of HIV-AIDS, which is associated to gays. And then second, it is to reduce discrimination by making those at risk aware, well-guided, and empowered in the way they should be; thus, in the end, they would make better choices, with the option of living a clean lifestyle, thereby, eventually disproving people of their derogatory notions.

Free HIV-AIDS testing centers allow a friendly and tolerant environment. There is confidentiality as well in the results. For me, this is a good move toward a better environment for gays. Though this may not totally promise tolerance and an un-bigoted society, this will be a good step to better treatment.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. lawyersalert says:

    Reblogged this on Lawyers Alert and commented:
    Free testing for homosexuals will have positive steps in societies that are tolerant to gays. In Africa this is rarely the case. Education, advocacy and tolerance is cardinal before the issue of free testing, cause like positive persons in the yore, Gays will hardly come out. This is sad cause the reality is Gays are part of the society and the fight against AIDS is won by half where a group of the community members are excluded

  2. wwdnsdyy says:

    Very informative, first time i’m hearing about the Love Yourself Hub.

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