Asti Widihastuti, Jakarta | Opinion | A new local regulation enforcing mandatory premarital HIV testing has just been endorsed by the Bogor city mayor, Bima Arya Sugiarto. It requires couples who wish to marry to conduct HIV tests to be able to gain their marriage certificates. This regulation comes in the wake of increasing cases of HIV and AIDS in Bogor.
Two kinds of HIV testing procedures are approved by the Health Ministry: voluntary counseling and testing and health provider-initiated testing and counseling. Both procedures include counseling and are not mandatory. For the latter service, one can decline to take the offered HIV test. Mandatory premarital HIV testing in Bogor will be the first regulation in Indonesia that obliges people to undergo HIV testing.