Civil Society, NAC Meet Senators To Discuss Age Restrictions To SRHR Access

A consortium of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) together with the National AIDS Council (NAC yesterday met senators to deliberate on issues hindering young people from accessing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) services. By Michael Gwarisa The consortium dubbed the Access Task-force consists of various civil society organizations which include Advocacy Core Team, Right Here Right Now (RHRN), The PITCH Consortium, SHR Africa Trust (SAT), Youth Advocate Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Young Positives, Youth Engage, My Age and other youth affiliated organizations that have come on board to sign the petition…

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Zim A Level Girl Ventures Into Sex Work To Raise Tuition and University Funds

FOR 18-year-old Mercy (not real name), life took a twist soon after completing her Ordinary Level studies in 2018 in Chivhu. Having bagged 10 ‘O’ level subjects including Mathematics, English, and science subjects, Mercy enrolled for Advanced level at the same school she did her ‘O’ levels. By Michael Gwarisa After government announced closure of schools in March following confirmation of COVID-19 in the country, Mercy moved to Harare to live with her unemployed sister with the aim of raising fees for her final term as well as enroll for…

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Fears Of Spike In STIs and Unintended Pregnancies As More Adolescent Girls Indulge In Unsafe Sex During Lockdown in Zimbabwe

THE prevailing lockdown has seen more young girls engaging in sexual activities with either older males and or boys of their ages, while a significant number of reports of sexual abuse against girls were also reported since Zimbabwe commenced its lockdown measures in March this year. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a virtual meeting which was hosted by Plan International Zimbabwe, Maxwell Mhlanga, Plan Int Zimbabwe’s (PIZ) Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)  Manager said a survey they conducted in April indicated that more girls were indulging in sex…

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COVID-19 disrupts access to SRHR for Zim’s LGBTI Community

LESBIAN, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people may be particularly vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic according to a paper by the United Nations titled COVID-19 and the human rights of LGBTI people. Amongst the LGBTI community are people living with compromised immune systems, including some persons living with HIV/AIDS who also face a greater risk fromCOVID-19. However, the community continues to face massive stigma and discrimination at the hands of health workers and society. With the coming in of the COVID-19, and given an overloaded health system in Zimbabwe,…

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New UNAIDS Report Raise Concerns Over Human Rights Abuse For Persons Living With HIV, Key Populations & Health Workers During COVID-19 Pandemic

A new report published by the United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) has noted high incidences of human rights abuse for health workers, persons living with HIV and key populations at high risk of HIV infection since the pandemic was reported in several countries. By Michael Gwarisa The report, “Rights in a pandemic – Lockdowns, rights and lessons from HIV in the early response to COVID-19″   is a snapshot in time, focusing on the very early days of the pandemic, from February till mid-May 2020, drawing attention to…

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First Woman May Be Cured of HIV Without a Bone Marrow Transplant

Loreen Willenberg is part of a group of elite controllers whose HIV appears to be locked away where it can’t produce new virus. A California woman may be the first person to be cured of HIV without a bone marrow transplant, according to a recent report in Nature. More than 60 other so-called elite controllers, who have unusually potent immune responses to HIV, were found to have their virus sequestered in parts of their genome where it is unable to replicate. HealthTimes The unusual case involves Loreen Willenberg, who acquired…

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Dapirivirine Ring Not Substitute For Other HIV Prevention Methods- Dr Mgodi

Dr Nyaradzo Mgodi MBChB, MMed, Investigator of Record, HPTN-084 Zimbabwe – University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences Clinical Trials Research Centre, and HPTN Executive Committee Member

THE Dapirivirine Vaginal Ring, a new effective HIV prevention tool for women, is not a substitute for existing  HIV prevention methods but rather an innovation to expand prevention options for women, Dr Nyaradzo Mgodi an HIV expert and histopathologist   has said. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a Twitter Question and Answer session that was organized by HealthTimes, Dr Mgodi said women need safe and effective biomedical HIV prevention strategies for use throughout their lives and the Dapirivirine ring presented women with such an opportunity. Studies of other HIV prevention…

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HealthTimes To Host Live Twitter Q&A To Unpack The Dapirivine Ring, A Groundbreaking HIV Prevention Tool For Women

HEALTHTIMES, Zimbabwe’s leading online health news publication will this Thursday, August 2020 host an hour-long conversation to discuss and unpack the Dapirivine Vaginal Ring, a tool meant to reduce the risk of HIV infection in women. By Patricia Mashiri The Question and Answer (Q&A) will start at 11:00 in the morning and end at 12:00 pm and will be hosted on HealthTimes twitter platform @healthtimeszim. The live twitter Q&A is set to give citizens and women in general an opportunity to interact with Dr Nyaradzo Mgodi, an expert in HIV…

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Kwava Nemhete Inodzivirira Munhukadzi Kuti Asabata Hutachiona Hwe HIV

MAIZVIZIVA here kuti kwava nemhete inodzivirira munhukadzi kuti asabatire utachiona hweHIV kubva kumunhurume? Mhete iyi inosunga utachiona mbira dzakondo kuti shwee, zvekuti hapana kupukunyuka kubva mungetani idzi. NaCatherine Murombedzi Muchirungu mhete iyi inonzi Depiravine ring, yakagadzirwa nemushonga unogadzira mapiritsi ema ARV. Vazhinji vanga vaine dambudziko rekunwa mapiritsi ekudzivirira HIV anonzi pachirungu PrEP. Mushonga we PrEP uyu unodziirira vaya vanoita bonde rangarisina dziviriro yemakondomu, naizvozvo vanoita kunwa ari mapiritsi. Mhete itsva Mhete iyi inosunga utachiona mbira dzakondo, kuisa ngetani utachiona huchiri pamusuwo chaipo. Mhete iyi haipfekwe munzeve, muchigunwe kana paguvhu, inopfekwa…

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SAT, Partners Host Young People’s SRHR & COVID-19 Community Awareness Campaign

THE Southern African AIDS Trust (SAT Zimbabwe) together with the Youth Aspire Development Trust (YADT) and the Population Services Zimbabwe (PSZ) yesterday held a full day community awareness campaign in Chitungwiza to sensitize young people and the community on available Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) services. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, SAT Zimbabwe SRHR Youth Officer Vimbai Nyika said the youth hub outreach was aimed at disseminating information on SRHR and COVID-19 since there is a strong intersection between the two components. With the coming…

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