Mozambique Police AIDS Death Toll Hurting Crime Fight
September 2, 2005
The AIDS-related deaths of some 1,000 police officers annually in Mozambique are denting its effort to deter crime, Interior Minister Jose Pachero said Wednesday in Lisbon, according to Portugal's Lusa news agency. The HIV rate among police in the former Portuguese colony is about 16 percent, the same rate as in the general population, Pachero said. The minister said he recently advocated mandatory HIV testing among police, but they did not welcome such a policy, fearing that a positive test would terminate their career prospects. HIV is the No. 2 health threat in Mozambique after malaria, which has a prevalence of 17 percent.
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