Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament Alban Sumana Bagbin is advocating for a law that will compel all presidential and parliamentary aspirants to disclose their HIV status.

He said this on the floor of parliament when he chaired the debate to mark the World Aids Day today (Saturday).

The Second Deputy Speaker who is also aspiring to represent the opposition National Democratic Congress, NDC, as candidate in the 2020 presidential race said, candidates should be made to run a test and disclose their status before being allowed to contest.

The legislator told parliamentarians that he undergoes a comprehensive health check annually including HIV counselling and testing and can state categorically that he is clean and have nothing to hide.

“Maybe we have to include it in part of the qualification of a member of parliament (and) before you go to stand for elections, you go for HIV test and so it will be for all presidential aspirants and that we should make it known. It should not

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be left in darkness. We should declare for the people to know. ”

The theme for the 2018 celebration is “Know Your Status”.


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