The cultural taboos that can contribute to the spread of Aids are being confronted by the Mothers' Union in a campaign that urges couples in the developing world to take an HIV test as part of their wedding preparations.
The charity accepts the move is controversial, but says it is an attempt to tackle a situation where "generations of families are becoming infected" because of fear and stigma of the disease.
Timed to coincide with World Aids Day on Monday, the Living Positively campaign involves sending 30,000 people a resource pack encouraging them to discuss health issues with their partners and cut the risk of infecting their children.
"We're essentially trying to establish HIV testing as an accepted part of wedding arrangements," said Victoria Paul, head of action and outreach at the Mothers' Union.
See World Aids Day news, page 11.