Nana Nuako Oppong Kwakye known in private life as Sam Appiah Kubi, the Amanonehene of Akyem Awisa in the Birim South District, has slammed the stance of majority churches and some organizations who request for the HIV/AIDS status of would be married couples before they are allowed to marry.
According to Nana Nuako Oppong Kwakye , who is also the Director of Herald Foundation and an anti-HIV/AIDS stigmatization campaigner, such decisions and requests are discriminatory and constitute an act of stigmatization against people living with the disease.
He observed that, the HIV/AIDS status of a person should never become a pre-requisite for young men and women before being allowed to marry.
Nana Nuako revealed this to newsmen at the end of the ceremony that marked the end of the Eastern Regional National AIDS day celebration held at Akyem Awisa in the Birim South district.
He called on the churches to refrain from such demands and rather find other means to encourage the youth to go through the laid down marriage rites since most people held the church in high esteem and would be shying away from being tested. This way, he said, would curtail fornication by the youth since most of them were not ready to avail themselves to check their status and so will not avail themselves for proper marriage procedures which will enjoin them to undergo the checkup.