Tanzanian MPs take public HIV tests

Tanzania has an estimated 1.4 million people living with HIV

Speaking during the launch of the campaign, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa directed local government leaders to encourage the public to take HIV tests so that those found with the virus can start medication immediately.

Openly

Oscar Rwegasira Mukasa, an MP and chairman of the HIV Parliamentary Committee, told the BBC that as much as the testing will be done openly, individual MPs will decide whether to make their results public.

According to statistics by the Tanzania Commission for Aids, Tanzania has an estimated 1.4 million people living with HIV, but only 52% of them are aware of their condition.

The disease has mostly affected the youth aged between 14 and 25, the commission says.

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