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HIV test for S African president?

18th January 2007

South Africa's health minister, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, has said that the question of President Thabo Mbeki's mooted HIV test is an entirely personal one, for him alone to decide.

She told journalists that an individual's state of health was a highly sensitive and private matter, even if he was the president.

Deputy Health Minister Nozizwe Madlala Routledge has denied reports that she called on President Thabo Mbeki to take a public HIV test - but reiterated her belief that it was important for leaders to do so.

The Sunday Telegraph reported this weekend that Madlala Routledge had called on her colleagues, including Mbeki, to follow her lead in taking a public HIV test. The story, which was carried in South African Sunday papers, prompted extensive local media coverage, with trade unions, opposition leaders and activists welcoming the remarks attributed to her.


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