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Zimbabwe Lawmakers Volunteer for Public HIV Testing, Circumcision

June 20, 2012

Sixty-one Zimbabwean lawmakers have volunteered to undergo public HIV testing and counseling on June 22 to raise public awareness of the disease and fight stigma. Twenty-eight male legislators also will undergo circumcision, which research has shown reduces men's risk of contracting HIV through sex.

"We want to inspire the people that we represent," said lawmaker Blessing Chebundo, chair of the Zimbabwe Parliamentarians Against HIV/AIDS, which formed in March.

Chebundo explained that the lawmakers will not be obliged to publicize their HIV test results. While members of the public and AIDS advocates applaud the move by the lawmakers, some say not revealing their HIV results weakens the outreach.

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