Botswana set world record for HIV testing

US ambassador to Botswana Earl Miller doing an HIV test
US ambassador to Botswana Earl Miller doing an HIV test

Botswana, Tanzania and South Africa have now been collectively confirmed by Guinness World Record as having recently set the new record of Most People being tested for HIV in Multi-Venues in 8 hours.

Within Botswana the record event specifically refers to the joint National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA) and Ministry of Health led initiative Maun 8 hour HIV Testing Campaign, which occurred on the 29th of November 2014. Through the Maun event Botswana contributed the biggest number to the three countries combined effort.

The Guinness citation reads:  “The most people being tested for HIV at multiple locations in eight hours is 4,367 people and was achieved by UNAIDS and the Governments of Botswana, Tanzania and South Africa, in locations across Botswana, Tanzania and South Africa, on 29 November 2014.

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