Zim Defers HIV Drug Roll Out…Drug Deforms Unborn Babies

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has deffered roll out of the HIV  Dolutegravir (DTG) drug  following indications that it causes complications in women of child bearing age and adolescent girls, which might lead to deformities in unborn babies born to HIV positive mothers taking the drug at the time of conception. HealthTimes Reporter Zimbabwe intended to scale up Dolutegravir as a first choice ARV to all people living with HIV in the country next year. The drug is currently being used to manage HIV in people who fail…

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Zim Launches Prep Strategy…Program targets key populations

ZIMBABWE has launched Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) strategy for 2018 up to 2020 which is aimed at scaling up uptake of the PrEP drug amongst key populations and those at high risk of contracting HIV. By Michael Gwarisa Launching the strategy document, Health and Child Care minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa said Zimbabwe still faced a huge HIV challenge as it is still recording incidence around 32 000 people every year hence the need to increase prevention mechanisms. “Now I am proud to emphasise that we have successfully managed to reduce…

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When families take HIV head on

AS the late noblewoman of Wales, Princess Diana rightly put it, “Family is the most important thing in the world.” You certainly can’t trade them, no matter how much they wrong you. By Michael Gwarisa The power of family has certainly proved  to be the strongest force to ever exist even beyond some thick barriers which have been brought about by the HIV pandemic. In the remote farming and mining community of Alaska in Chinhoyi, families have taken it upon themselves to fight HIV through initiating family support groups which…

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Prostate Cancer Alert for Zim Young Men

…recent studies show that daily sexual intercourse reduces prostate cancer risk …Free prostate cancer screening currently underway THE Cancer Association of Zimbabwe (CAZ) has expressed concern over the increased cases of Prostate Cancer in Zimbabwe’s black men amidst indications that the most recent case was diagnosed in a man under the age of 40, which is a rare scenario elsewhere. By Michael Gwarisa in Chonhoyi CAZ information officer, Priscilla Mangwiro told journalists at a Media workshop in Chinhoyi yesterday that Zimbabwe was currently recording high cases of prostate cancer as…

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ARVs safe for pregnant mothers-Gvt

UPTAKE of Anti Retro Viral (ARVs) drugs has been scientifically proven to be safe even for pregnant women contrary to the popular belief that expecting women are not allowed to take any medication during the gestation period. By Michael Gwarisa in Chinhoyi Briefing Journalists during a National Aids Council (NAC) Media sensitisation workshop in Chinhoyi, National PMTCT and Paediatric HIV Care and Treatment Coordinator in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Angela Mushavi said HIV positive pregnant women should register at health institutions early so as to get…

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#BREAKING: Minister Mkupe Says Biti Is On ARVs On Radio

DEPUTY Finance Minister, Hon Terrence Mukupe today (24/May. 2018) stunned listeners when he  lashed at former finance minister, Tendai Biti saying he had forgotten to take his ARVs. By Michael Gwarisa The development occurred during the 326Express Star FM show hosted by prominent radio presenters Pathisani Sibanda and Kudzai Gwara (KVG). Mukupe’s utterances were a response to Biti’s attack that he had come to the show in a stupor after Mukupe had according to Biti failed constructively discuss the economic and financial issues which obtained in Zimbabwe during the Government of…

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#PEPFAR15: PEPFAR Scales Up HIV Prevention in Zimbabwe

…More People Initiated On ART The U.S Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has launched the PEPFAR’s year-long 15th anniversary campaign amidst indications that close to 900 000 people living with HIV received Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) in 2017 through its efforts. The celebrations will be running under the theme “15 Years of Saving Lives through American Generosity and Partnerships which is aimed at highlighting the tremendous impact, efficiency, and accountability of the U.S. government’s longstanding HIV/AIDS leadership across three administrations. According to PEPFAR, latest trends indicate that death and despair have…

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Hospitals Not Serving Expired ARVs Says Ministry of Health

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has refuted reports that most health institutions were distributing expired Anti-Retroviral (ARVs) drugs to patients over the past few months. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking through a Press Statement, the MoHCC said contrary to media reports that HIV clients were getting expired ARVs, the issue was on the supply side which was however late for some clients who came for replenishments in the third and fourth week of April, creating panic among HIV patient with regards to assured availability of the commodity for…

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Why living with HIV doesn’t mean women can’t have fulfilling sex lives

Most of the science around HIV and AIDS focuses on risk and prevention. But one researcher is looking in a whole new direction: women’s sexual pleasure. By Melanie Green StarMetro Vancouver A new analysis out of SFU prioritizes women’s sexual pleasure and unmet needs in HIV research, a sharp contrast to previous work where prevention has dominated the discussion. Allison Carter, health science researcher with Simon Fraser University, compiled several studies together and presented her findings on Thursday, at the 27th Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS in Vancouver. She said more than…

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Africaid Trains 104 CATS On HIV Self Testing

ZIMBABWE’S community based  organisation, Africaid, in collaboration with Population Services International (PSI) and the ministry of health and child care (MoHCC), this week trained at least 104 Community Adolescent Treatment Supporters (CATS) on the use and appreciation of HIV self testing kits in Manicaland province. HealthTimes Correspondant Through their Facebook page, Africaid said they were working with partners to take HIV self testing to the grassroots and through index case finding. “This week, we’re training 104 Community Adolescent Treatment Supporters in Manicaland Province together with Ministry of Health and Child…

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