Students Islamic Organisation of India (S.I.O), Kolkata
The CDC reports in its June 2000 HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report that men who have sex withmen (MSM) account for the majority of AIDS cases in the United States.
AIDS CASES BY EXPOSURE CATEGORYMaleFemaleTotal
Men who have sex with men 348,657 - 348,657Injecting Drug Use 137,650 51,592 189,242Men who have sex with men and inject drugs 47,820 - 47,820Hemophilia/coagulation disorder 4,847 274 5,121Heterosexual contact 27,952 50,257 78,210Recipient of blood transfusion, blood components, or tissue 4,920 3,746 8,666Risk not reported or identified 48,343 19,042 67,387* Includes 3 persons whose sex is unknown. Numbers are based on AIDS cases reported to CDC through June 2000.
Hence we see that protection and safety of Public Health and Morals is one of the importantduties of the state and in order to do so the state can transgress the right to privacy of anindividual.
Offences like Adultery, Causing Miscarriage etc. are unlawful irrespective of its taking place ona consensual basis. Similarly, Unnatural Offence that is technically unlawful, being against theorder of nature, cannot be rendered legitimate simply because it takes place on a consensual basis.
Adultery as defined in Section 497
Whoever has sexual intercourse with a person who is and whom he knows to have reasonto believe to be the wife of another man, without the consent or connivance of that man, such sexual intercourse not amounting to the offence of rape, is guilty of the offence of adultery, and shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term whichmay extend to five years, or with fine, or with both. In such case the wife shall not be punishable as an abettor.
(Department of Medical Physics, Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, Western Australia), author of “Looking Back on theOxidative Stress Theory of AIDS” published in
volume 5, number 5 - mid-winter 1999.
HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report
The Indian Penal Code.