Sierra Leone Leader Urges Citizens to Take AIDS Test
December 9, 2008
On World AIDS Day, President Ernest Koroma reaffirmed the Sierra Leone government's intention to provide universal access to HIV prevention and treatment by 2010, and he called on the nation's citizens to be tested for HIV. "By knowing your HIV status, you can save not only your life but those of others," he said. Idrissa Songo, coordinator for the Network of People Living with AIDS, responded that ongoing stigma against those living with HIV remains "the biggest challenge. I think if people have enough information about the disease, there will be little or no finger-pointing," he said, adding that more testing facilities are needed. According to a recent government survey, about 1.5 percent of Sierra Leone's people have HIV.
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