Homosexuality a disease that is fast spreading: Health minister
“The disease of ‘Men having Sex with Men’ (MSM), which was found more in the developed world, has now unfortunately come to our country and there is a substantial number of such people in India,” Azad said, speaking at a convention on HIV/AIDS at Vigyan Bhawan here.
“Even though it (homosexuality) is unnatural, it exists in our country and is now fast spreading, making it tough for its detection,” he said.
“With relationships changing, men are having sex with men now. Though it is easy to find women sex workers and educate them on sex, it is a challenge to find MSMs,” said the minister.
Azad also called for making sex education more open to help control AIDS. “We are lagging behind in sex education as compared to the west and not talking about sex has fuelled the epidemic,” he said.
He also called for increased efforts to promote sex education, especially among high risk groups, besides promoting condoms, treating sexually transmitted diseases and launching information and communication programmes among transgenders and sex workers to help control the “disease”.
The AIDS convention, organised by a forum of parliamentarians, was also attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, some union ministers and chief ministers, as well as MPs, MLAs, zila parishad chairpersons and mayors.
lolrahul | 14-Mar-2013Reply | Forward it seems minister needs a proper sex education first. He states it as a disease.. it is disorder which hapen to some percent of population regarless of east or western countries...
Lies are taking over.Kavya | 13-Aug-2012Reply | Forward Homosexuality is not a disease, it's a disorder. With so many gay parades, the homosexual community is manipulating and distorting the truth of their behavior as "natural"- that's a joke!
Hate and Lovedrdj | 05-Jul-2011Reply | Forward This is one of the most controversial things in the west and no minister would be remaining in his post if he ever said this. It should not be termed a disease. But it is absolutely unnatural and goes normal laws of nature. However the research done so far in the west claiming one's sexual orientation is genetic(and that you're born with it) has not been conclusively proven; I don't think anyone can. But here is something for all of us to think about; if everything goes, all lifestyles are accepted, where do you draw the line? If in the future a research seems to claim that people are born with 'orientation towards bestiality' what would you say? There has to be some moral standard. I would say that although misinformed, I do appreciate the guts of the minister to say things black and white.
Re: hate and loveSuvedan Sudevalayam | 07-Jul-2011Reply | Forward Psychologists all over the world are in a consensus that homosexuality is not a disease and is a normal and positive variation of human sexuality. It cannot be unnatural because it exists in nature. It is certainly studied in penguins (I don't know why I have to justify human behaviour with examples from the animal world but still). Why do you feel the need to go in and draw the line stating people's lifestyles? Why do you need to dictate to people who they can and can not love? Can you think of even one person fighting for the rights to bestiality or for the right to marry an animal?