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I tested HIV+ in 2006, says Mr. Splash

George-KapusaBLANTYRE--Popularly known as Mr Splash for his musical television on MBC TV, Geoffrey Kapusa has told Times Lifestyle magazine that he tested HIV + in 2006 and he has been on life-prolonging drugs ever since.

"I thought I should come out. I went for testing and I tested positive," he told the magazine, published by media giant Times Group, or Blantyre Printing and Publishing.

Kapusa, probably the only TV star to have come out in the open about his status, said he "religiously took ARVs" to stay alive and to dispel the perception of people who thought he would die soon.

Few Malawians disclose their status, a situation that has helped fuel stigma, discrimination and not to accept HIV and Aids as just one of those diseases in this country where sex topics are still taboo.

HIV and Aids here affects over one million and some 300,000 Malawians are on free ARVs.
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