Harare's new STI rates scale 50 000

MUTARE - Harare has recorded 50 000 new sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV since January, a leading non-governmental organisation has said.

Southern Africa Aids Information Dissemination Services (SafAids) country training and advocacy coordinator Adolf Mavheneke told a provincial dialogue meeting here that new STIs were re-merging because the country had eased on its prevention campaign.

“We recorded 50 000 new infections of STIs in Harare alone since January . . . Something happened to our prevention revolution, that’s why we are having this problem re-emerging,” Mavheneke said.

Mavheneke also said adolescent girls born with HIV were dumping their anti-retroviral medication upon marriage.

“Unless we accept and embrace people living with HIV, they can also not protect those among us who are not infected but would be in relationships with,” Mavheneke said.

Health experts, also noted that youngsters living with HIV and Aids who were infected before or at birth were also defaulting on their medication once they discovered that the medications they had been taking since childhood would be ARVs.

New Start Centre manager Steven Gwengwe said quality counselling was critical when dealing with adolescents.

“Adolescents are fragile . . . some are born with the infection and may feel that they have someone to blame for their condition.

“Service providers do not need to send these young people to the grave early by being reckless,” Gwengwe said.

George Manhuhwa, a Seventh Day Adventist HIV activist, said there is need for parents to also disclose the status of children to them early to prevent angry backlashes when they are older.

Comments (2)

when you fuck around you ask for it

JACK - 22 April 2016

part of the problem is coming from telling pple that when they get circumcised, their chances of contracting HIV are reduced. reduction does not mean eradication! another challange is that a lot of youths are not in school and most of them are wandering around without any pre-occupation; they end up indulging. general moral & economic decadence are the twin evils of the spread of HIV/AIDS. morally; youths are exposed to foreign culture without restriction, guidance & censure! economically pple dont have money and they can bow to anything to eke out a living even if it means getting infected in the process. its a pity!

SaManyika Chaiye - 22 April 2016

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