BEIJING (Reuters) - A HIV-positive couple has wed publicly for the first time in China in a ceremony widely reported in state newspapers, a sign more sufferers may be ready to tackle rampant discrimination. 

Doctors and AIDS activists said the couple's openness in allowing the press to cover their wedding would help fight discrimination and boost AIDS prevention in China, which says it has around 1 million HIV sufferers. 

Cao Xueliang, 37, and his bride Wang Daiying, 34, traded vows at a wedding banquet in their native town of Gongmin in the southwestern province of Sichuan. 'The new couple and the guests were very happy, like any other normal wedding,' Xiao Wei, an aid worker who attended the festivities, told Reuters by telephone...

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Should marriages between HIV-positive people be banned?
BEIJING (Reuters) - A HIV-positive couple has wed publicly for the first time in China in a ceremony widely reported in state newspapers, a sign more sufferers may be ready to tackle rampant discrimination.

Doctors and AIDS activists said the couple`s openness in allowing the press to cover their wedding would help fight discrimination and boost AIDS prevention in China, which says it has around 1 million HIV sufferers.

Cao Xueliang, 37, and his bride Wang Daiying, 34, traded vows at a wedding banquet in their native town of Gongmin in the southwestern province of Sichuan. `The new couple and the guests were very happy, like any other normal wedding,` Xiao Wei, an aid worker who attended the festivities, told Reuters by telephone...

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18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 9/12/03 - 8:59:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
Marriage is one thing, but how about if they get pregnant, and they then guilty of poisoning their child?
18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 9/12/03 - 9:03:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
I agree about the possible infection in case of pregnancy. But interestingly(and oddly) enough, there have been children born from HIV-Positive parents and are HIV-Negative. They seem to have a partial immunity to it. If they get pregnant, well, there's hope for the kid at least.
18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 9/14/03 - 10:17:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
It should be encouraged.
18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 9/14/03 - 10:21:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not letting HIV positive people marry does nothing towards stopping the spread of AIDS. An HIV positive person is still capable of love-making, married or not.

In this case, both partners are HIV positive, so there is no risk of them spreading AIDS to each other.

Most HIV couples are going to try to avoid pregnancy.

18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 9/14/03 - 10:21:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
banned?!? no! it is still up to the parents whether to adopt or have a child, if they're free choice is taken away that would cause many problems. it isn't always their faults they have hiv, what if they themselves were born with the disease?
18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 9/14/03 - 10:22:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
I see nothing wrong with them being married
18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 9/14/03 - 10:22:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
I see no reason why they shouldn't get married... Marriage doesn't always lead to childeren, and it's not as if unmarried childeren can't have kids....
18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 10/2/03 - 12:58:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
That's dumb. Why should it be banned?
18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 10/2/03 - 1:04:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not unless you want to ban people born with genetic diseases from getting married, and if they are going to have kids, they don't need to get married to do it.

This is why we have birth control and vasectomies and so forth.

18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 10/2/03 - 1:26:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think it should be banned.
18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 10/2/03 - 2:10:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
There is medication that you can take now if you are HIV positive that can significantly decrease the chances of your offspring having HIV.

Absolutely not. I think anybody, HIV positive/negative, gay/straight/, deformed/handicapped should have the right to get married.

18 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 10/27/03 - 8:41:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
im okay with it as long as they dont procreate a sentence a child to death.
18 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 10/27/03 - 8:56:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
if i got HIV i'd get a vasectomy.
18 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 11/4/03 - 6:52:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, it's love.
18 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 11/4/03 - 7:03:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
they shouldnt be allowed to have kids.
18 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/7/03 - 3:19:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
At least they aren't off spreading HIV around, like a lot of people.
18 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/7/03 - 3:39:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
No i don't think so
18 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/7/03 - 4:54:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
Who are they hurting?
18 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 11/8/03 - 1:31:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
Of course they should be able to marry, but not to reproduce, which I hope most agree with.
18 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 11/8/03 - 1:34:32 AM EST (GMT-5)
You can't be infected a second time, I see nothing wrong with them marrying.
18 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 11/8/03 - 1:37:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
That just a silly question. Everyone should have the right to marry.
18 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 11/17/03 - 1:24:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
you're both aware - why not?
18 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 11/17/03 - 1:29:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
marriage is not a right

to answer the question, why not? I don't see any reason that would impeed them to wed

18 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 11/18/03 - 12:51:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
Definitely not, you don't ban marriages of cancer patients do you?
18 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 11/24/03 - 7:36:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
no one has the right to say that people can't get married. if they had children that would be a different story because they would be passing the disease off to their children.. but other than that i say go for it.

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