Vital to know our HIV status

EDITOR — Many people have lost relatives and friends to HIV and Aids.

Some children have lost both parents and it is their grandparents and other relatives who have to take care of them.

Back in the 1990s, stigmatisation and discrimination was at its peak and most people did not care to know their status.

However, with the increased awareness on the pandemic, stigmatisation and discrimination decreased.

Back then, people feared the society more than their health. 

I was happy to hear that our government, after the 18th International Conference on Aids and STIs in Africa (Icasa) last year, resolved that all people living with HIV would have to receive treatment, regardless of their CD4 count.

It was also announced that people on anti-retroviral drugs are now going to be given a supply of three or more months to reduce their travelling frequency to hospitals and clinics.

The previous guidelines recommended treatment for adults living with HIV when their CD4 cell count fell below 500.

What this therefore means is that, there is going to be need to increase domestic resources in the treatment of HIV as thousands of people are going to be initiated on treatment.

The new recommendation also included using innovative testing approaches such as community or self-testing.

Zimbabwe has rolled out an HIV self-testing pilot programme, a project launched to make people aware of their HIV status.

The kits will produce results within minutes.

It is my hope that many people will be treated and Zimbabwe may record less numbers of HIV-related deaths.

Zimbabwe’s health sector has always been the complaining of resource challenges and that the Global Fund was not giving enough resources.

We hope there will not be any corruption that will hinder the fight against HIV so that we achieve the total elimination of the pandemic.

Together we can fight HIV.

It is therefore vital for all of us to know our status.

Tanaka

 

Comments (4)

Can Williama and Mayspher stop misleading people into their scam. Tell us which centre tested you positive for HIV first and which centre tested you negative after your claimed treatment from that fake Crook. We are not idiots and we will never fall pray to such stupid scam. iNFA

Ziziharinanyanga - 4 March 2016

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