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Mozambique: Journalist Publicly Reveals HIV Status

June 6, 2003

Bento Bango, a reporter for the newspaper Zambeze in Mozambique, announced Wednesday at a press conference in Maputo that he is HIV-positive. "I decided to call a press conference to break my silence and stop gossiping about me by my colleagues and friends at work and elsewhere," said Bango, the father of four. Bango's wife, who has not been tested, attended the press conference, as did Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi, Health Minister Francisco Songane and Bango's father. "I appreciate the courage you have to tell the world that you are an AIDS sufferer," said Janet Mondlane, head of the National Council for the fight against AIDS.

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Associated Press
06.04.03; Emmanuel Camillo


  
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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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