Bauchi Assembly considers bill on compulsory HIV test before marriage
The Bauchi State House of Assembly is working on a Bill that will make it mandatory for intending couples to undergo HIV screening.
The sponsor of the Bill, Ilyasu Zwall, representing Lere/Bula Constituency, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Bauchi, that the bill had already gone through First and Second reading.
He said that the bill, when passed, would require intending couples to be tested for HIV in any government recognised hospital “at a time not earlier than one week to the day of the wedding”.
It also made it mandatory for individuals to conduct tests when marrying additional wives.
According to the lawmaker, the enactment of the law is long over-due considering the number of lives being lost as a result of marriages contracted without checking the HIV status of couples.