PR Press Release

Marriage and AIDS in Africa

Everyone is shocked at the exponentially increasing rate of HIV infection among the married people. Today marriages are exposed to higher risks of HIV infection than those people not in marriages. This turns out ironic because marriage institutions are established with the aim of reducing prevalence of AIDS in society. This is encouraging partners to commit to one another. It is thought that this would reduce the prevalence rate of HIV infection. Therefore, HIV knows no principles and does not select to infect someone based on whether you have a marriage certificate or not.

High incidences of HIV among married couples are blamed mainly on unfaithfulness and infidelity among couples. It is believed that once one partner practices extramarital affairs, he or she stands a high chance of contracting HIV. Once this virus is contracted, the husband or wife goes home where he or she meets the other partner. It has been established that most married couples do not practice protected sex out of what is perceived as “trust” within the marriage. In so doing, the infected partner infects the other partner too. As a result, most families remain prone to HIV infections.

It is everyone’s responsibility to help educate everyone, especially those in marriage institutions on some of the behaviours that leave marriages vulnerable to infection from HIV. Every partner in marriage needs to desist from extramarital behaviour, which exposes them to the risk of being infected with this terminal illness. In addition, couples are advised to practice protected sex even in marriages and not always think that their partners are 100% trustworthy. Couples also need to conduct periodic HIV tests so as to know their status and deal with any issues that may arise.

Marriages and AIDS in Africa

Fact sheet

Help Save today’s marriages in Africa

It’s our society and responsibility

  • Married couples are currently at high risks of contracting HIV than their unmarried counterparts in Africa.
  • Statistics reveal that women stand the highest risk of contracting HIV compared to any other demographic grouping
  • The incidence rate of HIV in marriages has doubled in Africa within the last seven years. This raises concern given that the prevalence rate of HIV was declining steadily due to behaviour change among people.
  • This emerging trend poses numerous challenges on the young and unstable economies of most developing African States
  • It is worthwhile for married couples to take full responsibility and avoid exposing their families to risk of contracting HIV through behaviour change.

Preventing HIV Infections in Marriages

Following easy steps mentioned below can help reduce HIV infections in today’s marriages.

  • Talk to your partner on the importance of the institution of marriage so that everyone treats marriage with the respect it deserves
  • Avoid over drinking when you go out to avert cases of impaired judgement that might expose you to risks of contracting HIV
  • Uphold fidelity within marriage to avoid exposing other family members to risks of contracting HIV
  • In case you practise extra marital sex, then consistently protect yourself with a condom and use it properly
  • Regularly visit testing centres to establish each one’s status as a couple to help you plan for your lives
  • If one partner is diagnosed to be HIV positive, then he or she should openly discuss with the other partner and strike a way forward on how to avoid infecting the other partner.
  • Recent research shows that circumcision among men reduces the chances of contracting HIV. Therefore, men are encouraged to undergo circumcision as a way of reducing the possibility of contracting HIV.
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