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21 Aug 2018

HIV-infected people can find a life partner through this website

People with HIV infection can now look for a marriage partner on a web portal specially designed for them.

The portal, matrimonial.gsnpplus.org was launched today at IIM-A to address the confidentiality concerns of people infected by HIV.

The platform has been created by Gujarat State Network of Positive People (GSNP+), an NGO, with the technical support of IIM-A's Center for Management of Health Services.

In context

HIV-infected people can marry through this web portal
Some of them had no social support: GSNP+ President


Some of them had no social support: GSNP+ President

Surat-based Sri Rama Krishna Knowledge Foundation offered financial support for the portal.

Daksha Patel, President of GSNP+, said the concern of such people is how to approach a matrimonial platform without disclosing their health status.

"When we met HIV positive people, we found some of them had no families and social support. It was difficult for them to find a life partner," she said.

Progressive step

NGO had helped 245 couples get married

The plight of the HIV-infected people led to the NGO earlier launching a marriage bureau for HIV-positive people, with the help of which 245 couples have so far tied the knot, Patel claimed.

The web portal is the outcome of the NGO's experience with the marriage bureau, Patel said.

IIM-A Director Errol D'souza termed it as a "very progressive step".

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