'Promiscuous men fuelling HIV spread'

HARARE - An increase in promiscuity by men over the past five years is scuttling efforts to contain the HIV and Aids epidemic, the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) said.

ZNFPC’s Manicaland communication officer, Daniel Maromo, said the challenge was exacerbated by low condom use.

“At least 14 percent of men reported having two or more sexual partners in the 2014/2015 Zimbabwe Demographic Health Survey (ZDHS) ... up from 11 percent recorded in the 2011/2012 ZDHS,” he said.

Maromo said the 14 percent men who admitted having multiple sex partners is against only one percent of women.

“Among those who were reporting two or more sexual partners... condom use was 50 percent for women and 37 percent for men,” he said, adding that “this was a worrying trend in a country that was battling high incidence of HIV”.

Zimbabwe has the fifth highest HIV prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa at 13,2 percent.

This is equivalent to about 1,4 million people living with HIV, of which around 170 000 are children.

Maromo, however, said new infections dropped by 34 percent between 2005 and 2013, with behaviour change awareness and high treatment coverage thought to be responsible for this.

Though it dropped, Maromo said the new infections and Aids-related deaths rate remain quite high.

“Statistics show that 69 000 new infections were recorded in 2013 and there were 64 000 deaths from Aids-related illnesses in the same year.

He also noted with concern that “divorced, separated, or widowed women and men have a higher number than their married and never-married counterparts.”

 

Comments (3)

Of course, its men's fault, they do these things alone without women participation.

XG - 4 August 2016

@XG, tell them, these sexist (women rights pple) make me sick, blaming men for everything

parafin - 4 August 2016

promiscuity is evil

christopher nyamuzinga - 6 August 2016

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