Jigawa State is in line to mandate intending couples in the state to undergo test for HIV/AIDs twice in the last three months before marriage is contracted.
This followed the State House of Assembly’ s passage of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Bill on Wednesday.
The bill if signed into law by the state governor would make intending couples to be under compulsion to undergo HIV/AIDs test before marriage.
Reading the bill, Chairman of the Committee on the control of HIV/AIDs, Ibrahim Suleman Gwiwa said the bill intends to provide free and compulsory HIV/AID test before marriage as well prohibit all forms of discrimination and stigmatisation against people living with HIV/AIDs.
“The bill intends to provide free and compulsory HIV/AIDs test before marriage and to prohibit all forms of discrimination and stigmatisation against persons living with the virus in Jigawa with a view to curbing the spread of the deadly virus in the state.
“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,” Gwiwa explained the bill.