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.
06.04.03; Emmanuel Camillo
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