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Tests for all

According to a BBC report, in Malawi the government is urging all sexually active people to take part in national AIDS test. The Malawi government thinks this will help the southern African nation combact the disease better.

I think this is a good move by the Malawi government because knowing the exact number of HIV positive people is better than just using estimates as is happening now. I hope there will not be much resistance to such tests but we will to wait and see what happens.

In neighbouring Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete and his wife last weekend took an AIDS test to help encourage people in his country to undertake the tests.

It would be good if these tests could be conducted across the SADC countries because reports indicates that there are many people who are HIV positive in that region and accurate figures will help the governments know the exact extent of the problem.

In principle this is good and is a move in the right direction. The problem is to get the people tested and this is a big problem in some societies where prefer not to know anything until they get sick.

It would be good to know how this progresses and maybe if it goes well the other countries in the region may adopt the plan. We will have to wait and see.

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