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Examining the policy of mandatory premartial HIV screening programme for Muslims in Malaysia

Saidon, Rafeah and Kamaruddin, Zaleha and Arifin, Mahamad and Ibrahim, Norliah and Sahari, Noorul Huda (2015) Examining the policy of mandatory premartial HIV screening programme for Muslims in Malaysia. In: 4th International Conference on Law & Society (ICLAS IV) 2015 , 10th-11th May 2015, Auditorium, Academic Building (UniSZA), Kuala Trengganu.

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One of the procedures introduced by the Government of Malaysia for Muslims before the solemnisation of their marriage is mandatory premarital HIV screening. The purpose of this procedure is to have an early detection of HIV infection which could reduce the possibility of sexually transmitted diseases to the offspring. This research aims to examine such policy and to find out significant loopholes in the policy itself and its implementation. There are two types of methods employed in this study, library research, and field research. Library research is used to examine the existing policy and its related issues such as social and medical issues. The finding is supported by field research in which semi-structured interviews are conducted on several respondents from the related institutions. The findings of the research revealed significant weaknesses in the current policy from both procedural and administrative aspects. These include a general lack of coordination in governing the screening programme, the absence of standard procedures in its implementation, and the absence of guideline in maintaining confidentiality, among others.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Additional Information: 297/43333 (ISBN: 978-967-0899-00-8)
Uncontrolled Keywords: mandatory, premarital, HIV Screening, weaknesses
Subjects: K Law > KPG Malaysia
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws > Department of Islamic Law
Depositing User: Dr. Mahamad Arifin
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2015 15:28
Last Modified: 23 May 2016 07:43
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/43333

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