President personally affected by HIV/AIDS
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ZIMBABWE: President personally affected by HIV/AIDS


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JOHANNESBURG, 17 June (PLUSNEWS) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has revealed for the first time that members of his extended family were living with HIV/AIDS, the BBC reported.

Mugabe has become the latest African leader to break the wall of silence surrounding the disease by admitting that HIV/AIDS had affected him personally.

He told the country's first conference on HIV/AIDS earlier this week that "the extended family of ... the president himself" were among those living with the HI virus.

Mugabe said the pandemic was "one of the greatest challenges" facing Zimbabwe, but added that it was not insurmountable.

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