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US ambassador, Munya to undergo HIV tests

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The United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Charles Ray, together with Big Brother All-Stars losing finalist Munyaradzi Chidzonga, will on Wednesday undergo an HIV test at the PSI New Start Centre.

Other young Zimbabwean celebrities that will take part in the event include musician Edith Katiji, Premier Soccer League players Norman Maroto, Washington Arubi and Desmond Maringwa.

According to a statement, the event is part of a series by the US Embassy to mark World Aids Day.

“The events are aimed at encouraging youth to take control of their health by knowing their HIV status, as well as celebrating the successes made in the fight against HIV and Aids in Zimbabwe,” the embassy said.

The embassy will celebrate World Aids Day under the theme: “Take control of your future — take control of your health — know your status”

World Aids Day is celebrated every year on December 1.

On Tuesday, Churchill High School will host four female soccer teams in a football tournament organised by the US Embassy and the Bulldogs Sports Development Trust.

On Thursday the United States Agency for International Development will host the Auxillia Chimusoro Awards Ceremony.

The awards honour individuals or organisations that have excelled in the fight against HIV and Aids in Zimbabwe.

The awards, in their 10th year now, are named for Auxillia Chimusoro, one of the first individuals to disclose her HIV positive status in Zimbabwe.

Chimusoro publicly disclosed her HIV status aged 33 in 1989 and founded Batanai HIV andAids Support Group in 1992.

She was one of the founders of the Zimbabwe National Network of People Living with HIV and Aids and worked with several support groups before her passing in 1998.

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