Mandatory Aids Reporting Essay, Research Paper
Against the Mandatory Registration of Known AIDS Carriers
As it is, finding out that you have a terminal disease is a seriously disheartening
circumstance. It is a hard hit of realizations that you will be losing your distant future,
your personal goals, life becomes frail and subordinate. If you can imagine learning the
simple statement that your life is ending much sooner than you had expected due to a
disease that will slowly materialize throughout your body and stop the production of
everything that sustains life, then you can understand that it would be very rough having
other problems spring from here after.
It has been suggested, for the safety of the uninformed, that mandatory registration
take effect for carriers of the AIDS virus. This proposal would put an already problematic
individual into more emotional jeopardy. Many things crucial in life would become even
more difficult, creating a much larger problem than already present.
Discrimination is very hard to prove. Yet is has been reported to the press from
patients of the disease that business companies discriminate against aids carriers due to
unsure life expectancy and attendance problems. It is also likely that co-workers may not
understand AIDS or be afraid of the disease and this could suggest a problem in comfort
for both the victim of the illness and the other employees. Other problems include the
issue that companies usually won?t look fairly on people with unsure health insurance, and
quite often, health insurance companies will not cover pre-existing conditions.
Along with the freedom of speech and right to bear arms, there is also a right to
privacy. Everyone is given the right to conserve personal information, so stated as
consumer protection, be it health, criminal records, or financial history. Those who suffer
from the AIDS virus are also protected from letting this information out of their hands.
Any human being, despite his/her level of honesty, would want the decency of personal
comfort. If one?s disease, or any condition that would be criticized by society, were
known to anyone who inquired, s/he would possibly suffer a degree of pain, discomfort,
humility, or depression. Had there been no controversy for this right, it would not exist.
It is well-known due to observation, statements and complaints of millions, that
America?s government and printing presses, doctors and receptionists, are susceptible to
error and mistake. This is a fact of human personality. A misprint or misdiagnosis could
cause unnecessary chaos and distress.
In my conclusion of reasons, there is not a good one for making the registration of
AIDS carriers mandatory .
Along with my argument against this mandatory registration, I have another option
for those who still disagree: perhaps instead a specific state of being should be determined
for martyrs of the AIDS virus where they are clearly not able to live life as any healthy
person anymore, thus would not need a job as do uninfected people. Here the doctor, the
only one with right to records of health history and conditions, may recommend the
patient to proper standards. This is true with any illness.