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HIV/AIDS test not a must, Nyamira Governor clarifies

01 April 2015, 18:18

Nyamira - Nyamira County Governor John Nyagarama has allayed fears that all county workers will be tested for HIV/AIDS as reported in a section of the media.

Speaking to journalists Tuesday, Nyagarama said the tests will be voluntary for the county workers and that he will be infringing on the rights of individuals if he forces them.

“I was quoted out of context in one of the major dailies, every individual has the right of not disclosing their health status," he said.

On Monday a local daily quoted the governor as saying that all the employees in the county must take the test.

He explained that the test was not intended to victimise anyone but was meant to enable the county fight the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, which currently stands at 6.4 percent in the county.

Also read: Educate Maasai on HIV/AIDS

Nyagarama explained that his administration is looking at ways of reducing the spread of the scourge in the region, which stands at 6.4 per cent .

“One of the strategies we will use is going around the county to carry out voluntary counseling and testing, and be able to plan on how best we can support people living with the virus,” said Nyagarama, who added that the county will work with  other agencies  to help stem the spread of HIV/AIDS.

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