Lesotho's Health Minister to Announce Plan for Universal HIV Testing in Country
October 25, 2005
Lesotho's Health Minister Motloheloa Phooko said at a recent press conference that he will try to implement universal HIV testing in the country, adding that the government will soon "go door to door" to test people for the virus, the Boston Globe reports. World Health Organization HIV/AIDS Programme Director Jim Yong Kim late last month during a three-day visit to Lesotho persuaded Phooko to push for universal testing, and Phooko said he will announce a detailed testing plan on Dec. 1 -- World AIDS Day -- that he said will "make history." Kim told many groups that universal testing might be as important as a "moderately effective" HIV vaccine in preventing the spread of the virus. He has been "scurrying" for support on a universal testing program from U.N. department leaders, foreign ambassadors, charity workers, physicians, nurses, HIV-positive people and Christian health workers in the country, according to the Globe (Donnelly, Boston Globe, 10/23).
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