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Ethiopian Prime Minister's Wife Takes Rare Public HIV Test by High Profile Figure

December 1, 2004

On Tuesday, Azeb Mesfin, wife of Ethiopia's prime minister, became one of the nation's few high-profile figures to take a public HIV test. She was one of several women -- including Mulu Ketsala, the finance and economic affairs state minister, and U.S. Ambassador Aurelia Brazeal -- who took the test at Zewbitu Memorial Hospital in Addis Ababa; the facility is Ethiopia's largest HIV/AIDS treatment center, with 3,000 patients. Test results are not being made public. "Everyone should know their status. Having an HIV/AIDS test is like having any medical checkup," Mesfin said. "HIV is of special concern to women, and especially to African women," said Brazeal. "When it comes to HIV/AIDS, knowledge is power."

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Adapted from:
Associated Press
11.30.04; Anthony Mitchell

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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