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Should there be mandatory testing for HIV prior to marriage in India?

Rahul Malhotra, Chetna Malhotra, Nandini Sharma

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2008.025


The National AIDS Prevention and Control Policy of the government of India states that testing for HIV infection should be voluntary in nature. But from time to time various state governments and the central government have announced their intent of introducing mandatory premarital testing. Though this intent has not yet been translated into action, we present our case against the adoption of such a policy by discussing various social and medical issues.

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