Human rights implications of mandatory premarital HIV testing in Nigeria
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This article considers the implications of public health policy on the enjoyment of individuals’ fundamental rights. It specifically examines the appropriateness of mandatory premarital human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing in Nigeria. In doing this, the article discusses the importance of health as a human right, explains the relationship between public health and human rights, and the impact of the HIV/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome pandemic in Nigeria. Arguments in favour of mandatory premarital HIV testing are critically examined and specific human rights that may be violated by this policy are discussed. In conclusion, the article argues that this policy will do more harm than good in curbing the spread of the epidemic in Nigeria.