First Lady Launches Free To Shine Campaign To End HIV and AIDS In Children

ZIMBABWE’S First Lady, Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa today launched the Free to Shine Campaign, an HIV and AIDS program meant to reduce HIV and AIDS in children and adolescents, as a follow-up to the commitment made by African first ladies early this year. By Michael Gwarisa The initiative targets to end HIV/AIDS in children by the year 2030 following indications that HIV prevalence in Children was still high in children owing to high cases of vertical transmission among a host of other factors with latest statistics indicating that 1.4 million children…

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We Need Affordable Medical Aid says Sex Workers

SEX workers have bemoaned the lack of affordable medical health insurance as a hindrance to them accessing basic sexual reproductive health services, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking to some ladies of the trade who pligh their profession along Mbuya Nehanda street in Harare, they said being a sex worker should be treated as a job just like teaching or nursing and medical aid companies should tailor-make packages that suit low income earning groups like vendors and sex workers. “As you are aware my brother, when you see us…

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First Lady To Champion AIDS Fight

Zimbabwe’s First Lady, Honorable Auxillia Mnangagwa and UNAIDS Country Director, Mr Girmay Haile today agreed to embark on a historic partnership where the First Lady expressed commitment to play a strategic national and international advocacy role in ending HIV and AIDS. HealthTimes Correspondant In a meeting held this morning at the First Lady’s office at Zimbabwe House, Mr. Girmary Haile, UNAIDS Country Director in Zimbabwe briefed the First Lady on upcoming events of the Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) – an organisation affiliated with UNAIDS and outlined…

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Survival against all odds-The story of Siphiwe Sindisi

Around the year 2003, the HIV epidemic was a disease of unimaginable proportions both in trying to contain it and being diagnosed with it. Being infected with the disease meant a condemnation to a life of isolation as the society as well shunned those who had the disease. That was the very time, the late Siphiwe Sindisi, a registered general nurse based in Mt Darwin learnt of her HIV positive status when her husband died of the same disease. This publication met up with Siphiwe, some weeks before her demise,…

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The Stages of HIV Infection

Key Points Without treatment with HIV medicines, HIV infection advances in stages, getting worse over time. The three stages of HIV infection are (1) acute HIV infection, (2) chronic HIV infection, and (3) acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). There is no cure for HIV infection, but HIV medicines (called antiretrovirals or ARVs) can prevent HIV from advancing to AIDS. HIV medicines help people with HIV live longer, healthier lives. HIV medicines also reduce the risk of HIV transmission. Without treatment, HIV infection advances in stages, getting worse over time. HIV gradually…

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NAC Meets Online journalists

…as digital news takes centre stage By Daniel Phiri NATIONAL Aids Council (NAC) says it has decided to hold an HIV and Aids media workshop for digital and online journalists because it has realised that their articles have a wider reach. New media has literally taken over the way information is communicated with the world slowly turning to the digital space for almost everything including news. Zimbabwe has many online newspapers operating in and outside the country, owing to huge operational costs involved in running print media. Addressing the media…

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19.5 million people on life-saving treatment-UNAIDS

HealthTimes Reporter MORE than half of people living with HIV (53%) now have access to HIV treatment and AIDS related deaths have halved since 2005, UNAIDS has said. A report released by UNAIDS shows that for the first time the scales have tipped: In 2016, 19.5 million of the 36.7 million people living with HIV had access to treatment, and AIDS-related deaths have fallen from 1.9 million in 2005 to 1 million in 2016. Provided that scale-up continues, this progress puts the world on track to reach the global target…

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#BREAKING: New HIV Drug Resistant Virus Detected

By Michael Gwarisa A new HIV Drug resistant virus has been detected in most parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed. According to its latest WHO HIV drug resistance report 2017, WHO notes that in 6 of the 11 countries surveyed in Africa, Asia and Latin America, over 10% of people starting antiretroviral therapy had a strain of HIV that was resistant to some of the most widely used HIV medicines. Once the threshold of 10% has been reached, WHO recommends those countries urgently review…

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Katswe launches anti AIDS campaign

By Daniel Chigundu PRO-Women rights group Katswe Sistahood says it is launching the “Staying negative campaign” which is aimed at helping girls in marginalised areas protect themselves from HIV/AIDS and related diseases. The 30-day campaign which comes just a month before the commemoration of the Day of the African Child is also seeking to interrogate why HIV prevalence rate is higher for girls compared to the boy child. In a statement Katswe said there have been so many speeches about protecting girls adding that it was now it’s time for…

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