Going back a little to 2005, Pres. Jacob Zuma then the Deputy President told a South African court that he took a shower to reduce the risk of infection after having an unprotected sex with an HIV-positive woman, Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo who is late now. He was later acquitted of the charges.

He was accused of raping the 31-year-old family friend at his home he said that the sex was consensual and initiated by the woman, and that he did not use a condom because he believed the risks of him contracting the disease were minimal.

The President has revealed that his most recent HIV test result was negative.

President Zuma, whose latest results were negative, was launching a scaled-up government programme of counselling and testing in Glynnwood Hospital, Gauteng.

The President has been open in the past about being tested for Aids, but he had never before revealed his results.

“After careful consideration, I have decided to share my test results with South Africans and the World,” he said.

“The purpose is to promote openness and to eradicate the silence and stigma that accompanies this epidemic,” he concluded.

Pres. Zuma said that by disclosing his status his aim was not to put pressure on any citizen to do the same.

“Anyone’s HIV status is private and confidential. Disclosure is an individual decision. We must respect the decisions of those who choose to keep their status confidential, whether positive or negative,” Mr Zuma said.

The campaign, which hopes to test 15 million people by the end of 2017, is aimed at providing anti-AIDS drugs to 80 per cent of South Africans in need of treatment.

The UN estimates 5.7 million people in South Africa, out of a population of 48 million, are HIV positive.