Should MPs reveal their HIV status?

January 21, 2009

Should MPs reveal their HIV status?

Sipokazi Maposa
January 21 2009

HIV-positive members of parliament should publicly disclose their status to overcome the stigma associated with HIV and Aids and to encourage communities to test, says National Assembly Speaker Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde.

Speaking on improving access to HIV treatment at a regional training seminar on HIV and Aids in Parliament on Tuesday, she also called for affordable antiretroviral drugs, saying there was a need for parliamentarians to make a “moral demand” on the government to safeguard human life by highly subsidising the medicines.

The two-day seminar was attended by parliamentarians, researchers and lawmakers from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and East African Community (EAC).

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