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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House Maid jailed for trying to infect boss’ child with HIV/Aids

Kampala, Uganda | A housemaid was sentenced to three years imprisonment on Wednesday for attempting to infect her boss’s two-year-old baby with HIV/AIDS. GODFREY SSALI  Jemima Nasifa alias Tumukunde Zainabu a Rwandan, pleaded guilty to the offence of doing a negligent act likely to spread infection or disease, before Kampala’s City Hall Court, Grade One magistrate Beatrice Kainza. This after she had spent six months on remand at Luzira prison. The Magistrate on Wednesday convicted her on her own plea of guilt and added her three more years back to jail.…

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Initiate Every Prisoner On Prep Upon Sentencing

By Michael Gwarisa THERE is a raging debate on whether prisoners should be allowed access to condoms during their incarceration period in order to prevent HIV transmission in among prison inmates. According to statistics, male prisons have an HIV prevalence rate of about 24 percent of which much of the infection is believed to be happening during their tenure in prisons as a result of sodomy activities. During a Parliamentary HIV awareness meeting in Kariba recently, elders and parliamentarians argued along the lines of having condoms distributed in prisons or…

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Should Condoms Be Sold?

By Michael Gwarisa THE HIV/AIDS scourge has left many families destitute in Africa and even beyond. According to statistics, millions of people have died as a result of AIDS in Zimbabwe alone. However, HIV/AIDS groups and the civic society believe the biggest contributor to HIV infections and deaths is the practice of unsafe and unprotected sex. What is safe sex for a starter? According to a definition by betterhealth.vic.gov.au,  ‘Safe sex‘ is sexual contact that doesn’t involve the exchange of semen, vaginal fluids or blood between partners. If used correctly, condoms…

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