Zuma Publicly Reveals Results of HIV Test, Launching Government Testing, Treatment Drive
April 27, 2010
South African President Jacob Zuma on Sunday publicly announced that his most recent HIV test had come back negative, "as his government rolled out a major AIDS prevention and treatment campaign," the Los Angeles Times reports. "Zuma's HIV exam was part of a government drive to have 15 million of the country's 47 million people tested by June 2011. Anyone who visits a government clinic, for any illness and regardless of symptoms, will be offered an HIV test" (Dixon, 4/26).
"After careful consideration, I have decided to share my test results with South Africans," Zuma said Sunday, CNN reports. "The purpose is to promote openness and to eradicate the silence and stigma that accompanies this epidemic" (Smith, 4/26).
UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe, "said South Africa's undertakings offered hope to the continent," the New York Times reports in an article examining the government's plans to meet the needs of the population. "It's the first time one country has scaled up so quickly, to so many people," he said (Dugger, 4/25).
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