Zambia To Make HIV Testing Mandatory For All Patients Visiting Government Health Facilities; Activists Push To Reverse Decision

The Lancet: President of Zambia declares HIV testing mandatory
“Zambia is moving forward with mandatory HIV testing for all patients who visit government health facilities, Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya told The Lancet, confirming President Edgar Lungu’s surprise announcement of the new policy in mid-August. The move appears to contradict WHO recommendations against mandatory or coerced testing. And it has sparked an outcry among international and local HIV activists, who are pushing the government to reverse its decision…” (Green, 8/25).