Jigawa Passes ‘No HIV Test, No Marriage’ Bill Into Law

Jigawa State House of Assembly has passed a bill which makes it mandatory for all intending couples to undergo test for HIV/AIDs, twice, in the last three months, before marriage is contracted.

Making this known at yesterday’s plenary, Chairman of the Committee on the control of HIV/AIDs, Ibrahim Suleman Gwiwa, noted that the bill intended to provide free and compulsory HIV/AID test before marriage, as well prohibit all forms of discrimination and stigmatization against people living with the virus.

Gwiwa said the bill became imperative following the widespread of the killer disease among couples in the state.

He explained that in the bill, Sharia and Magistrate Courts would have jurisdiction to try HIV/AIDs related offences and added that, on the other hand, Association for People living with HIV/AIDs and State Agency for the Control of AIDs would be deployed for enforcement at all levels.

“Intending couples should submit themselves together to the same facility and the result should be open to them by the counsellor at the same time.

“Tests should be done twice, three months and two weeks to the marriage and the bill indicates that Shariah and Magistrate Courts in the state have jurisdiction to try offences under the law.”

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  • WillieBravo

    Okay! That’s a good one.

  • kingsley iheukwumere

    good one

  • Mezzy Gilbert

    Very nice

  • Nice one

  • emekachilaka

    That sounds good

  • Cornel Nwankwo

    Is a good decision by the State

  • Cornel Nwankwo

    Even before the bill is passed, couples undergo such test before marriage

  • Olovo Obinna

    I think I love this bill anyway… Its for intending couples good