The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) has condemned Deputy Minister of Finance Terrence Mukupe remarks on antiretroviral (ARVs) saying they fuel stigma against HIV and Aids. Mukupe made the remarks when he attacked former Minister of Finance Tendai Biti during a radio debate. In a statement, ZADHR said,
For the purposes of denigrating and casting the listenership of StarFM against the person of Mr Tendai Biti, Deputy Minister Mukupe asked Mr Biti if he had taken his anti-retroviral (ARVs).
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ZADHR reiterates that political leaders must be torchbearers in the fight against HIV and Aids and associated stigma and discrimination. Hon Mukupe’s utterances cast aspersions in this fight…Stigma and discrimination remain a threat to the fight against HIV and Aids and, as ZADHR, we call upon all leaders, political, religious and community alike to take a stand against this vice.