Promiscuous officials spreading HIV – Mugabe

2011-09-06 13:28

Harare – Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has accused male government officials of “running from one woman to another” and spreading HIV.

“Our men are not satisfied with one woman even if they know that they are HIV positive,” the 87-year-old president told a national HIV/Aids conference in Harare, according to the state-owned Herald newspaper.

“I know of cases of men who even though they are taking ARVs (antiretrovirals) are running from one woman to the other,” said Mugabe, as he called for “discipline”.

At least one in seven Zimbabweans is believed to be infected with HIV, the virus that causes Aids. Last week, deputy prime minister Thokozani Khupe announced plans to have all male cabinet ministers circumcised in a bid to encourage men in the country to undergo the minor operation.

Research has shown circumcision – not commonly practised in many parts of southern Africa – may cut HIV-infection rates by up to 60%.

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