Mozambique myth-busting helpline tries to tackle HIV/AIDS

By Hannah McNeish XAI XAI, Mozambique (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In Mozambique’s Gaza province, if someone makes it to their 35th birthday, “you rejoice”, said Shady Zita, an English teacher in a rural secondary school. Most of the funerals that he goes to are for people who are even younger, as a deadly virus that no one wants to speak about keeps picking off Mozambique’s youth. “We are surrounded by people who have HIV, to be frank,” said Zita, who until recently also knew very little about the province’s biggest killer.
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