STIs a shame

HARARE - As reported elsewhere in this paper, too many people are putting themselves at risk by having unsafe sex with figures from Bindura showing a disappointing number of new cases of sexually-transmitted infections (STIs).

This is indeed worrying and stands as a sad reminder that as a nation we have to fashion new methods to tackle not only STIs but also the HIV scourge which continue to decimate most of the economically active groups, apart from draining the country’s meagre resources.

By now it should be a well-known fact that a condom is a best friend one can have when having sex with casual and new partners.

But the figure of new STI infections in Bindura, which recorded 800 cases in the first quarter of the year, show that the message is not reaching all and sundry.

Last year alone 261 032 STI cases were recorded across Zimbabwe and preliminary figures show that the numbers might just increase in the absence of holistic behavioural change.

Using proven methods such as condom use, abstinence, being faithful to one faithful partner and targeting the schoolchildren who are especially the vulnerable and at risk groups, could help those in hotspot areas such as mining towns develop effective ways to tackle the rise in STIs within their communities.

Patients with an STI should be helped to get their partners tested and treated because that will remove the risk of re-infection.

Combating STIs through rapid and effective treatment is critical in reducing the transmission of HIV infection but this is only possible when STI patients access appropriate care services.

Agrippa Karura a National Aids Council official based in Bindura pointed a painful picture when he said “people are engaging in unprotected sex and there is an exchange of STIs.

We have a situation when old men are preying on young ladies.

Old men are experienced and have more partners. This is how STIs are spread.”

Where are our morals as a nation when old men are so shameless as to prey on children, some young enough to be their children?

Let us all act responsibly and shun acts that demean us as people. - Staff Writer

Post a comment

Readers are kindly requested to refrain from using abusive, vulgar, racist, tribalistic, sexist, discriminatory and hurtful language when posting their comments on the Daily News website.
Those who transgress this civilised etiquette will be barred from contributing to our online discussions.
- Editor

Your email address will not be shared.