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ZIMBABWE: Aids Council Push For Mandatory HIV Test Before Marriage

By Published December 19, 2018

In the wake of a massive shortfall in government funding of Anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs for HIV patients,

Zimbabwe National Aids Council (NAC)has proposed a mandatory aids test for couples to proof their HIV status before a marriage certificate can be issued.

 

At a meeting with members of parliament in Kodoma, NAC monitoring and evaluation director Amon Mpofu said "We want pastors and marriage officers to demand proof of HIV testing from couples intending to get married,"

Mpofu also said foreign currency shortages in the country has affected NAC and government has not been allocating them enough foreign currency towards the procurement of ARV.

A similar initiative in Zambia last year was greeted with public uproar which forced government to back down.

However, President Edgar Lungu has announced that the country was going to conduct compulsory HIV & Aids testing as part of his government plans to eradicate the diseases by 2030.

It is yet to be seen how Zimbabweans will react to this mandatory test proposal.

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