HIV Test As Law Before Marriage Will Reduce Spread, Monarch Opines
From left: Ona of Abaji, Alhaji Adamu Yunusa; I-G Ibrahim Idris; and DIG in-charge of ICT, Mr Foluso Adebanjo, at a presentation of a report (photo credit: NAN)

The Ona of Abaji and Chairman, FCT Traditional Ruling Council, Alhaji Adamu Yunusa, has called on the FG to initiate compulsory law for HIV test for intending couples.

Yunusa who made the appeal to the National Assembly while speaking in a conference, explained that HIV was being spread through marriages in rural communities and cities hence the need to check it with such law in place.

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The conference was on harnessing Demographic Dividend (DD) for sustainable development in Nigeria, the role of Muslim religious leaders by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Abuja.

In his opinion, he opines that when HIV test was made compulsory for any intending couple, it would drastically reduce the spread of the disease.

“I am appealing to the National Assembly to come up with law prevailing on anyone who intends to marry to go for HIV test to prevent the spread of this disease in the country.

“At community level, we have started it, if we are joining people together now as husband and wife in communities in my domain, we ask for result of HIV test to know the status of the couple concerned.

“When this is made compulsory all over the places through a law, it will help in no small measure in reducing or eradicating HIV/AIDS,” he said.