Sunday, December 21, 2008

Muslims with HIV should not marry: Perak MB - Star

Dec 21, 2008 By CHRISTINA KOH and GLADYS TAY

IPOH: Muslim couples should not marry if one or both of them are confirmed to be HIV-positive, said Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin.

He said it would be “grossly unfair” to the couple and to any child they have if they were to tie the knot.

“I believe that if you are a confirmed carrier, there needs to be a quarantine” and he or she should undergo all possible treatment, he told reporters after meeting mosque officials here on Sunday.

“Only then one would review whether he or she can get married. I think it is a gross error to allow somebody very sick like that, an HIV carrier, to marry.

“It would be even worse if both are HIV-positive. You would be passing the disease to the embryo, it’s unjust,” he said.

Nizar said that persons with HIV would find it difficult to lead a normal life because they would be beset by psychological and emotional problems.

Last Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that from next year onwards, Muslims planning to marry would have to undergo mandatory HIV screening.

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