South Africa and HIV/AIDS: Setting a better example

April 29, 2010

Despite his sometimes ambiguous attitude, President Jacob Zuma has been tested for HIV and his government’s policy has improved EVEN though South Africa has more people infected with HIV than any other country in the world, candid discussion of the virus is still a taboo for many. But when President Jacob Zuma launched a campaign on April 25th to get more people to have themselves tested, he had no qualms. He himself had recently taken a test in front of the cameras (above). Though it was said at first that the results would not be disclosed, Mr Zuma told his audience that his sample, like three previous ones, had “registered a negative outcome for the HI virus”.

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