Retired doctors to help test for HIV in SAfrica

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africa's health minister is asking retired health workers to help implement the world's largest voluntary HIV counseling and testing campaign in South Africa.

Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi said Thursday the campaign aims to test 15 million people across the country. Motsoaledi has asked 9,000 retired South African doctors and health workers to help with testing and counseling. He has also asked universities to lend their final-year medical students during the campaign's first week. The campaign begins April 15.

The campaign will cost some $190 million and will also treat rape victims and encourage male circumcision as an HIV prevention measure. An estimated 5.7 million South Africans have HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, more than any other country.

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