Just under a third of people who went for voluntary HIV testing in Maputo last year showed up positive according to the coordinator for the Maputo chapter of the national council for the fight against AIDS, Samuel Quive. Of the 38,303 people who underwent the test in 2006, 12,709, or 33.2 per cent, were carrying the virus that leads to AIDS.

This is double the national average of 16.2 per cent in 2004, when the prevalence rate among 15-49 year olds in the capital was 20.7 per cent. The increase comes in spite of efforts to prevent the spread of the disease. Last year 407,383 condoms were distributed in Maputo while over 500