Debate Over HIV/AIDS Testing In Zambia

A high court in Zambia on Friday ruled that the Zambian Air Force (ZAF) violated the human rights of two employees when it tested them for HIV without their knowledge and subsequently fired them, IOL reports (5/28). BBC News looks at the debate over HIV testing in Zambia. According to the news service, "It is estimated that one in seven Zambian adults have the virus, yet only around 15% have gone for voluntary counselling and testing (VCT)." The article features comments from Elizabeth Mataka, the U.N. secretary general's special envoy for AIDS in Africa, the former president of the Zambia Medical Association, and several human rights advocates, who weigh in on mandatory testing's potential affect on HIV/AIDS rates in Zambia and the country's health system as well as fears over how it could lead to increasing stigmatization of people living with HIV/AIDS (Fidgen, 5/28).

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