Articles tagged 'hiv'

Sex workers' tough job to survive 1 July 2018 HARARE - Being a sex worker is not a stroll in the park — it is very tough. For one to put food on the table and pay the bills, it's not just about the coitus, various tricks are employed in order to get the elusive dollar. For Priscilla Jack (not real name), it means using even criminal me...
Rights doctors condemn Mukupe 28 May 2018 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) has condemned deputy Finance and Economic Planning minister Terrence Mukupe's disturbing denigration of opposition leader Tendai Biti over anti-retroviral (ARVs) drugs. ZADHR said political leaders must be torch bearers in t...
ED feels heat over Mukupe 27 May 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa has come under huge pressure to sack under fire junior minister Terence Mukupe over a litany of controversial actions and statements that he has made in recent weeks, which have caused palpable anger among many Zimbabweans. [Adz]
Mukupe at it again 26 May 2018 HARARE - Knives have been drawn out against deputy Finance minister Terrence Mukupe after he made remarks live on radio that exposed the stigmatisation that still runs deep in the officialdom towards people living with HIV and Aids. [Adz]
Unicef Youths take on HIV fight to help peers 25 May 2018 HARARE - Tears well up in Kimo’s eyes as she recalls the day her aunt threw her out of her home condemning her to an early marriage that effectively left her infected with HIV. “I was late coming home one day, and my aunt chased me out the house and told me go back to my boyfriend,” says Kimo....
Unlicensed doctor 'infects 40 people' with HIV in India 6 February 2018 KARACHI - At least 40 people have been tested HIV positive in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh, where an unqualified doctor had allegedly used a single syringe to treat all of his patients in the area, according to local media reports. The news broke on Tuesday, months after the victims...
Global Fund grants Zimbabwe $502m 18 January 2018 HARARE - The Global Fund to fight Aids, tuberculosis and malaria yesterday granted Zimbabwe $502 million, with government giving assurances that the money will not be misused. The head of the Global Fund Grant Management,  Mark Eddington, said: “This partnership present here ... we need to con...
Zim introduces better ARV drug 16 October 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe has introduced a new user-friendly Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ARV) drug which experts say has fewer side effects on users, and also  increases adherence to treatment. The new combination drug called Tenofovir, Lamivudine, Efavirenz — also  known as TLE400 — is said to be the ...
'HIV diagnosis impacts mental health' 11 October 2017 HARARE - Most people living with HIV suffer some form of mental illness from the shock of their diagnosis, director of mental health services in the Health and Child Care ministry Dorcas Sithole has said. Sithole said the initial shock of knowing one’s status triggers a lot of emotions, with m...
Row over claims 70pc of MPs HIV-positive 6 October 2017 HARARE - There was a showdown in the National Assembly on Wednesday over claims by outspoken Matabeleland South proportional representation MP, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, that 70 percent of sitting legislators were HIV positive. Harare South Zanu PF legislator Shadreck Mashayamombe deman...
Zim hit by ARVs shortage 30 September 2017 HARARE - One million people living with HIV and Aids are facing serious health risks due to an acute shortage of life-saving anti-retroviral (ARVs) drugs, a result of foreign currency shortages. In a joint statement issued on Tuesday, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) along with the...
Zim facing critical second-line HIV drug shortage 28 August 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe is suffering a shortage of imported second-line drugs to treat HIV victims due to insufficient foreign exchange. Health activists say thousands of patients on publicly-funded treatment programmes are at risk because of the shortage of Abacavir, forcing them to take lower dosa...
Still in the game...but left out 13 August 2017 HARARE - Elderly people — aged 50 years and above — have for long been regarded as disinterested and lacking desire for sex. The notion has particularly been associated with women. But contrary to the belief, the age group is very much still in the game and feels left out and discriminated ...
Drug-resistant HIV strains hit Zim 9 August 2017 HARARE - Drug-resistant HIV strains are turning up in parts of Zimbabwe as the virus stretches beyond high-risk groups and gains a stronger foothold on the general population. The World Health Organisation has issued an alert warning of drug resistant HIV in six countries including Zimbabwe, w...
One million Zimbabweans on ARVs 3 August 2017 HARARE - At least one million people — including youth and children — are now on anti-retroviral treatment (Art) in Zimbabwe, up from around 800 000 a year ago, latest statistics have revealed. Zimbabwe — a largely Christian country with a 13 million-plus population — is among the countries in...
'Children among highest new HIV infections' 23 July 2017 HARARE - A United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund report has indicated that 55 percent of new HIV infections in Sub-Saharan Africa — including Zimbabwe — are among children, adolescents and women. The trend has been described as worrisome by experts, who said communities and go...
Govt appeals for $103m for HIV testing 18 May 2017 HARARE - Government has appealed to donors to help fund a $103 million HIV testing programme launched a week ago. This comes as the fight against HIV/Aids is being jeopardised by a cut in social spending by President Robert Mugabe's government, with health workers being laid off and programmes...
Campaign to combat HIV among youths launched 18 May 2017 HARARE - A 30-day campaign to fight HIV infection among young girls has been launched in Zimbabwe. The #StayingNegative campaign was launched on May 16 by Katswe Sistahood, an NGO that focuses on women’s reproductive health. It is expected to run until the Day of the African Child on June 16. ...
Govt targets 12m for HIV testing 10 May 2017 HARARE - Government has put in motion plans for a serious assault on HIV by targeting a staggering 12,5 million people for voluntary testing as part of its audacious bid to wipe out the pandemic. The ambitious programme which is targeting almost 90 percent of the population would be implemente...
Hunger, hardships hit varsity students 9 May 2017 HARARE - Government must provide food to university students to stem HIV spread, as most are forced into prostitution due to hardships, Senate has been told. In a report on HIV and Aids prevalence in Zimbabwe's higher learning institutions, the Senate thematic committee said poverty was the ma...
Govt ratchets up fight against HIV 6 May 2017 BULAWAYO - The government has launched an ambitious $103 million, five-year HIV-testing strategy — to raise the number of people who know their status, as the country bids to build on the progress which has been made in the last seven years, which saw new HIV infections falling by 50 percent. ...
Village health workers boost HIV care 9 April 2017 HARARE - Our reporter Bridget Mananavire talks to village health worker Mandy Mugari of Seke who plays an essential role in the primary health care system and the fight against HIV/Aids. She explains her mission to expand access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care under very difficult condi...
Call for involvement of people living with HIV 16 January 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe Network for People Living with HIV (ZNNP+) says people living with the virus including those from key populations must be involved at all stages in the fight against the disease in order to achieve the 90-90-90 targets by 2030. Under the ambitious HIV treatment target 90-90-9...
HIV infection rise among adolescents 11 December 2016 HARARE - While the country has made enormous strides in reducing the HIV prevalence, gains made thus far could be reduced by a spike in infections among adolescents, the Health and Child Care ministry warned recently. Last year alone nearly 14 000 girls and young women, between the ages of 15 ...
Zim scores big on HIV control 4 December 2016 HARARE - in a rare piece of good news for trouble-wracked Zimbabwe, the government has revealed the welcome fall of new HIV infections in the country by 50 percent in the last seven years. Presenting his state of the nation address on HIV/Aids last week, Health minister David Parirenyatwa also...