By Arthur Tagara
The Zimbabwe Association of Church Related Hospitals (ZACH) in conjunction with the National Aids Council (NAC) recently released a report stating that HIV and AIDS might turn to increase this 2019 if preventative measures are not fully put into practice by the Zimbabwean citizens.
This follows a report that was made by (NAC and ZACH) which state that, Gender Based Violence which is increasing daily in societies might fuel the spread of HIV and AIDS if serious measures are not put in place to curb such acts.
Pretty Ncube District Inspector for Kwekwe District told this publication that the issues of imbalanced power relations have fueled the issues of GBV in many homes today.
“An overall of 14 percent women reported having sexual violence, while 39 percent women who have experienced physical or sexual violence have sought help” Ncube said.
“Moreover the issues of child marriages continue to be a headache with sex education also proving to be a controversial issue at family level, resulting in dearth of safe sex knowledge” she said.
In another addition Ncube said, voluntary medical male circumcision is also in the pipeline for male aged 15 to 29 as Zimbabwe strives to curb new infections.
“Voluntary medical male circumcision is also in the pipeline for male aged 15 to 29 as Zimbabwe strives to curb new infections” she said.
“The world must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach its globe of ending Aids by 2030” Ncube told this publication.
“There are an estimated 1.4 million people living with HIV in Zimbabwe with over 100 000 of them projected to be adolescent and children” she said.
National statistics also state that only 45 percent of young women and 24 percent of young men have been ever tested before.
Further proposed are several strategies for accelerating progress in preventing HIV among adolescence and treating those who are already infected, investing in innovation including in locally grown solutions as well as strengthening data collection.