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John Solanya, 41

“I was one of the first men in my community to disclose my HIV status. My story has served as an example to other men to change their behavior. Men are the main decision makers in relationships and sex, so their engagement in the fight against HIV is vital.”

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Mohamedi Mkanangwamba, 36

“I have learned that men frequently do not seek the health care they need because they think this is a sign of weakness. Changing men’s attitudes and behavior towards seeking care, including going for HIV testing, will be a big challenge.... The situation will only get better through community education that uses different channels to get the messages out there.”

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Epafla Isaya, 48

“I teach that there are many serious diseases. And if men take too much alcohol and engage in unprotected sex, they are not only vulnerable to HIV, but they also endanger their partners’ health.”

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Silvester Ndima, 66

“A seminar on gender awareness made me reflect on the enormous responsibilities a wife has to undergo from dawn until sunset. And I decided to change my attitude and behavior towards women. My decision has helped shape the behavior of my sons: They do not regard their wives as house help, but as their companions.”

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Msenda Hamisi, 75

“I come from the Yao tribe, and I was one of the few men of my age and religion who chose to have only one wife. The benefits of my choice have been many. I have protected my own health and the health of my wife—and I have witnessed all of my daughters get married.”

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Abdurahaman Kindimbo, 36

“I have HIV and the greatest challenge was how to disclose this news to my wife. I finally got the courage to persuade her to go for a test. It showed she was HIV-positive too…She has accepted our situation now, but I am so hurt whenever I remember the way I infected my wife by failing to take the test before marrying. Now I work as a ‘Hope Ambassador’ encouraging men and women to go for testing and counseling.”

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