Chicago Tribune Profiles Indian State's New Marriage Bureau for HIV-Positive People
February 14, 2005
The Chicago Tribune on Sunday profiled a new marriage bureau in the Indian state of Gujarat that has been set up especially to arrange marriages between HIV-positive people. The bureau, which is privately funded and run by volunteers, was started by a couple who discovered they were HIV-positive six months into their marriage. After initially serving as HIV counselors and helping to set up the state network for HIV-positive people, the couple decided to form the marriage bureau with the idea that HIV-positive people likely would be happier in partnerships than alone. "We realized, we're positive people, and we're living such happy and beautiful lives. Why can't we give that to others?" Vithal Patel said. Although Gujarat is the only state with a formal marriage bureau for HIV-positive people, several other states run informal matchmaking programs for people living with HIV/AIDS, according to the Tribune. India has an estimated 5.1 million HIV-positive people, the second-largest number in any country worldwide (Barker, Chicago Tribune, 2/13).
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