Kenyan judiciary contemplates pre-marriage HIV tests

Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Attorney General, Amos Wako, has warned that it might in the near future be mandatory for couples entering wedlock to undergo HIV/AIDS tests, in order to check the spread of the pandemic.
Wako said the authorities were contemplating enforcing the rule "very soon," adding that government would not spare any efforts at fighting a scourge said to be killing as many as 700 Kenyans daily.
He dropped the hint shortly after launching a task force Thursday, to oversee efforts at checking the spread of HIV/AIDS.
The taskforce, expected to submit its findings on 31 December, would come up with a legal framework for sustaining the fight against HIV/AIDS and containing the social problems that come with it.
Its terms of reference include considering challenges HIV/AIDS poses to the country's laws, with a view to making appropriate recommendations for reform.
Others include advice on the adoption of guidelines, rules, regulations and procedures immediately required to address the disease, such as human rights issues affecting widows, widowers, orphans, employees and people living with AIDS.

03 august 2001 12:00:00




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