Malawi's President Bakili Muluzi has said that his brother died from Aids, in a bid to end the disease's stigma.
President Muluzi is due to step down this year
Mr Muluzi said that the family wanted the cause of death known to "change attitudes, break the silence and initiate open talk about sex and Aids".
He noted that it was rare for Malawians to say their relative had died of Aids.
Mr Muluzi made the announcement as he launched the first Aids policy in a country where an estimated 15% of the 15 million population are HIV positive.
Some 70,000 people die from Aids every year, said Biswick Mwale head of Malawi's national Aids commission.
"My own brother, third born in our family, died of Aids three years ago," Mr Muluzi said.
Mr Muluzi is not standing in this year's presidential elections after already serving two terms.
He urged all Malawians to have HIV tests and said he himself had had one.
"The good news is that it is good news," he said of the result.
Just 3% of Malawians had had Aids tests, he said.
But under the new Aids policy, all new recruits to the army, police, prison and immigration services will have mandatory HIV tests.
Some civil rights activists have expressed disquiet over this part of the policy but officials say those who test positive will not automatically be rejected.