More Women Than Men Seek AIDS Tests in Mozambique
July 18, 2003
Mozambique Health Minister Francisco Songane said mostly women take advantage of new voluntary HIV testing and counseling centers set up in Maputo. This trend reflects what is going on across Mozambique, where secrecy around the disease continues, and the majority of men avoid being tested, Songane said. He said the number of people being tested has been increasing, and that about 70 percent are women. The rate of HIV infection among adults in Mozambique has risen to nearly 15 percent from 12 percent last year. Many avoid being tested because of the stigma associated with the virus. Others want to know their status so they can take AIDS drugs to halt the progress of the disease.Adapted from:
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.