Zambia's HIV/AIDS Council Director Urges People to Be Tested on National Voluntary Counseling, Testing Day
August 28, 2007
Alex Simwanza, director of programs for Zambia's National HIV/AIDS Council, in an interview ahead of Zambia's national voluntary counseling and testing day, which was scheduled for Monday, said the country's testing rates are too low and urged people who do not know their HIV status to be tested, Zambia's The Post reports.
Abisheck Musonda, executive director of Community Youth Mobilisation, said that the national testing day is important in HIV prevention and in ensuring access to treatment, care and support. Musonda added that the day would be "meaningless" if efforts are not made to provide testing and counseling to people living in rural areas. Musonda said the majority of HIV-positive people living in rural areas are unaware of their HIV status and called on the government to make HIV testing and counseling "available to the rural community" (Noyoo, The Post, 8/27).
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