In an effort to stop the spread of HIV, Nigerian officials are pairing up HIV-positive couples for marriage.

Around 70 couples have already been matched up in the last few weeks, BBC reports.

Dr. Lirwan Mohammed, the executive secretary of the Bauchi Action Committee on AIDS in Nigeria is confident the program will work.

"Suitors who have tested positive and are willing to wed each other, can reduce the spread of the virus and also cushion the psychological trauma of isolation,” Mohammed told the BBC.

But international health experts are voicing their concerns about the plan.

Warren Naamara from UNAIDS, told the BBC two people could have different strains of the disease, which could interact. He also stressed the importance of using condoms.

An estimated 3 percent of Nigerian’s adult population is HIV positive.

Click here to read more from the BBC.