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HIV testing for politicians

Published:Wednesday | March 26, 2008 | 2:26 PM

The head of the leading HIV/AIDS organisation in the United States want Caribbean political leaders to take AIDS tests publicly.

Michael Weinsten, President of the AIDS Health Care Foundation said such a stance would help symbolise the political will to fight the disease.

He made the comments as the organisation called for funding for vaccines to be diverted to prevention and treatment programmes.

The foundation said 25 years of research work had failed to find a vaccine and scientists are not sure that one would ever be found.

It said the authorities should now concentrate on a programme that can work.