Date: December 1, 2022
- Dr. Iftikhar Burney, Central General Secretary PIMA
- Dr. Shabbir Ahmad, President PIMA Punjab
- Dr. Mumtaz Hussain, President PIMA Islamabad
- Dr. Muhammad Iftikhar, President PIMA Rawalpindi
World HIV/AIDS Day is observed every year on 1st December across the world including Pakistan. Currently, around 38 million people worldwide are living with HIV. According to the National AIDS Control Program, the number of AIDS patients in Pakistan is 210,000, out of which 53,718 patients are registered under this program.
The burden of HIV in Pakistan is increasing with each passing day in Pakistan. Only in Islamabad, 496 new HIV cases were reported in the first 10 months of the current year. About 45 percent of these cases are belongs to young men, who are considered to be homosexuals.
This is an alarming situation and the higher authorities need to take serious steps in this regard. We as healthcare professionals believe that homosexuality is becoming a major source of the spread of AIDS in Pakistan.
Apart from homosexuality, some other factors also play a role in the spread of HIV/AIDS. These include unsafe blood transfusions, reuse of used syringes and improper cleaning of instruments used in surgical and dental procedures.
Special attention and serious steps from the government are required in all these cases and practical measures should be taken to prevent homosexuality in particular.
All three major political parties have a role in implementing the Transgender Act 2018 in Pakistan. We believe that this act was passed under the guise of protecting the rights of the intersex community. No one objects that the intersex community should get full rights, but this act includes an incorrect definition of transgender.
A Transgender is someone who is fully female or male but not satisfied with their identity and wants to change their gender. A woman wants to be a man and a man wants to be a woman. In this act, intersex has also been included in transgender.
It also includes men who have lost genital organ due to some accident, surgery or incident. Such people are medically and religiously male too, they cannot be included in transgender.
Due to this Transgender Act, we believe that homosexuality is likely to grow in Pakistan and its practical results are coming.
We demand the government to:
- AIDS patients should be protected and encouraged for regular treatment.
- Safe and modern means of blood transfusion should be adopted.
- Government and non-government blood banks should be strictly monitored and only healthy blood should be allowed for transfusion to patients.
- Re-use of used syringes and needles and surgical instruments should be strictly avoided.
- Homosexuality should be discouraged and perpetrators should be severely punished.
- The government should ban the film Joyland which is promoting homosexuality.
- The existing Transgender Act should be repealed or its conflicting provisions should be changed.
- The rights of the Intersex community should be protected.
- Gender reassignment surgeries should be banned.
- Facilities should be provided in surgeries based on the dominant gender of the intersex community.
- In case of any controversy, a medical board should be established to determine the gender of a person.