Ponedeljak, 03. maj 2010. - Objavljeno 22:25 GMT
President Zuma said he was revealing his HIV status to promote openness, and to eradicate the silence and stigma that accompanies the AIDS epidemic. He told a crowd at a hospital near Johannesburg that he'd now had four tests - all negative. Mr Zuma's sex life has been the focus of intense scrutiny and criticism in South Africa. He has three wives and has also admitted to having unprotected sex with other women.
But if his private life is controversial, his public stance on AIDS has been broadly welcomed here. His predecessor, Thabo Mbeki, questioned mainstream AIDS science, and delayed the provision of life-saving drugs. Mr Zuma, in contrast, is taking a much more proactive role. The campaign he's now backing hopes to get 15 million people tested over the next year, and provide drugs to 80% of those needing them.
South Africa is the worst affected country in the world. According to UN figures, almost one in eight people are HIV positive.
Andrew Harding, BBC News
to promote openness
promocija otvorenosti, iskrenosti, razgovora i komunikacije
zaustaviti ili uništiti neku negativnu pojavu
osećanje da je nešto socijalno neprihvatljivo
epidemija, bolest koja pogađa veliki broj ljudi u isto vreme
the focus of intense scrutiny
pod budnim okom velikog broja posmatrača, koji posebno vode računa o pogrešnim potezima
having unprotected sex
seks bez kondoma, seks bez zaštite od polno prenosivih bolesti
his private life is controversial
njegov privatni život izaziva kontroverze
javno izražn stav, mišljenje, uverenje
veliki broj ljudi je nešto sa radošću dočekao (pozdravio)
is taking a much more proactive role
preuzima mnogo veću ulogu nego ranije, postaje sve više proaktivan