South Africa: Zuma discloses HIV status

Gabi Khumalo
26 April 2010

South African President Jacob Zuma, launching the country’s HIV Counselling and Testing campaign at Natalspruit Hospital in Ekurhuleni on Sunday, announced that he was HIV-negative – while stressing that people’s results always remained private and confidential.

Zuma, who took his own HIV test on 8 April to promote the campaign, said he had chosen to disclose his status in order to give leadership, not to put pressure on South Africans to do the same.

“Anyone’s HIV status is private and confidential. Disclosure is an individual decision,” Zuma said.

“After careful consideration, I decided to share my results with all South Africans. The purpose is to promote openness and to eradicate the silence and stigma that accompanies this epidemic.

“We will not win the war against Aids if we engage in witch-hunts against people and start campaigns of who is positive or negative as if this was a game. It is a serious matter,” Zuma said.

“This was my fourth test, as I have decided to take the test at regular intervals. I encourage all to do the same.”

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane were the first to [continue reading]


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