More Mandatory Premarital Testing: Burundi
What is peculiar about the Church’s position is that, relatively speaking for sub-Saharan Africa, Burundi does not have a high HIV prevalence rate (6%). Are Church authorities in Burundi making (possibly stigmatizing) marriage rules that in order to promote public health, or are they simply using HIV/AIDS as a tool to stamp their moral authority on Burundi society?
Erratum: in an earlier version of this post, I mistakenly used information from a press release that stated that the Church in Burundi instructed priests to find out the test results of couples and not to marry those who are HIV positive. I apologize for having passed on this erroneous information, which has been making its rounds on the Web.