Disabled & HIV Positive Chiredzi 24-Year-Old Retired Sex Worker Speaks Out

RODHA (24) (real name protected) is a young girl living with a disability of the limbs. She has Locomotor Disability, a form of disability which affects the limbs and hinders one’s movement from point A to B. She has been walking on Clutches since she was a little girl.  In 2013, Rodha fled her rural home in Chivi where she lived with her uncle and his wife. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Chiredzi Despite her condition, she says her uncle would verbally and physically abuse her, accusing her of philandering…

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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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Manicaland Records 8 000 New STI Cases

MANICALNAD recorded close to 8 000 new cases of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) among young youths between January and February this year, statistics have revealed. The Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) availed the statistics at the first quarter adolescent reproductive health forum held held in Mutare recently. A total of 7 989 new cases were recorded in the province. In an interview with The Herald, ZNFPC Mnanicaland provincial manager, Mr Dryson Masvingise, said Mutare, Mutasa, Chipinge and Makoni districts recorded the highest number of new urethra discharge infections among…

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Sex Workers Using Cotton and Cloths to Prevent Pregnancies and STI

SEX workers are inserting cotton and cloths inside their private parts to prevent themselves from contracting sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies, a practice that has been vehemently condemned by sexual reproductive health experts. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at a gathering for Sex Workers this morning in Strataven, Harare, sex workers confirmed that they insert fabrics inside their vaginas to prevent them from falling pregnant as the material sucks in semen in the event of a condom bursting or when they meet clients who demand unprotected sex. “I joined sex…

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Moonlight Testing Effective Tool In HIV Hotspots

PEOPLE  coming for HIV, Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and cervical cancer screening services during moonlight testing sessions are more compared to those who seek Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) services during the day at major hotspots in Mashonaland East. By Michael Gwarisa in Mash East The program is dubbed moonlight because the tests take place at night to help protect those who fear being stigmatised by being seen visiting the centres during the day. According to the National Aids Council District Aids Office for Mrehwa, the open air daylight session at…

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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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