South African President Jacob Zuma on Sunday declared himself free of the deadly HIV virus, as he launched a drive to combat the disease in the world's worst-affected country.

“My April results, like the three previous ones, registered a negative outcome for the HIV virus,” said Mr. Zuma

Mr. Zuma (68) took the test to promote the campaign. He has three wives and came under pressure after it emerged that he had fathered a child out of wedlock.

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