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Zambia makes HIV testing mandatory

THE Zambian government has made HIV testing, counseling and treatment compulsory, with President Edgar Lungu saying the human rights argument about it should not arise.

 

 

Cabinet last night reached an agreement to make HIV testing, counseling and treatment compulsory and that there will be no debate about it.

 

 

 

Announcing the decision during the inaugural commemoration of the HIV Testing, Counseling and Testing Day in Lusaka this morning, President Lungu said protecting the lives of the affected and those they can affect overrode the human rights argument about voluntary testing.

 

 

HIV Testing, Counseling and Treatment is now compulsory in Zambia; that is official policy and there no debate about it,

State House spokesperson Amos Chanda briefly quotes President Lungu as having said at the launch.

Cabinet debated this matter last night and reached this decision. President emphasized that protecting life of the affected and those who they can affect overrides the human rights argument about voluntary testing.

 
About two years ago, doctors at UTH had disclosed that they were privately testing patients for HIV to aid their diagnostic processes to avoid wrong treatment.

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