A Swaziland member of parliament is forced to distance himself from remarks made last week when he suggested HIV positive people in the small kingdom should branded on the buttocks.
Earlier this week at a workshop for MPs, Timothy Myeni, an evangelical Christian and the leader of a gospel group, suggested HIV testing should be mandatory. Myeni said: "Once you test positive, you should be branded on the buttocks. Before having sex with anyone, people will then check the buttocks of their partners before proceeding with their mission." Myeni has apologized and says he was "misquoted."
The widely-reported comments drew outrage from HIV/AIDS action groups and sparked an uproar in Southern Africa and in Swaziland. The landlocked mountain kingdom is one of the world's poorest nations and has the highest HIV prevalence in the world. An estimated 43 percent of its citizens are HIV positive.