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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
Team Fights Virus with Aggressive Testing
Tofani, Loretta
March 26, 1991
Philadelphia Inquirer (03/26/91), P. 6A

In Mazabuka, in Zambia's Southern Province, a team from the Salvation Army Hospital does what few other health care workers in Africa do--the team aggressively seeks out and administers HIV tests to pregnant women, blood donors, people with sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis patients. Five health care workers from the Salvation Army team set out every day in a Toyota Land Cruiser to administer HIV tests, counseling, and AIDS home care. The team provides free medical care, "contact tracing," and AIDS education to people in the villages of the rural province. The workers' main mission is to fight the spread of AIDS. On a continent where silence about AIDS is the rule, the team tests spouses and children, and even advises couples to abstain from sex or use a condom.