“Stop Forcing Couples To Do Pre-wedding HIV Test” – NGO Tells Religious Bodies

The Coalition of Civil Society Network for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria has called on religious bodies to stop compulsory HIV tests for couples before wedding, saying it is a violation of anti-stigma law.

The First Co-Chairman of the society, Mr. Ikenna Nwakamma, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja.

He noted that there was need to challenge some practices and narratives that fuel stigma and discrimination.

“We need to make scapegoats of individuals and institutions violating the national anti-discrimination Act. “Compulsory test by religious bodies is one of the major drivers of HIV stigma and discrimination, which is totally against the Anti-discrimination Act 2014,’’ he said.

He restated the imperatives of demanding for domestication of the law by state legislatures.