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AIDS in Africa

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 01 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:f

In a Johannesburg theatre last week, playwright Gibson Kente announced that he is HIV positive. To an audience of friends and celebrities he disclosed that he had been near to death in December but is determined to fight the illness and inspire others to do the same. Kente wants to use his popularity to urge people to engage in an open discussion about AIDS in South Africa, where five million people are infected with HIV—the highest number in any country. But AIDS has become a taboo in South Africa. Many people go to their graves without admitting …

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