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August 30, 2007

Testing Before Tying the Knot

Beginning next year, couples in Saudi Arabia will be required to test for HIV and hepatitis before getting married. Currently, Saudi couples must undergo premarital blood tests for genetic disorders and diseases.

The announcement of the new requirement comes on the heels of the launch of Saudi Arabia’s first clinic for voluntary HIV tests, located in the King Saud Hospital.

Nigeria’s Anglican Church recently announced a similar initiative that encourages HIV tests before marriage; health officials worry that the policies will hinder people’s rights to voluntary testing.


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