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Worrying – Umguza district tops new HIV infections

Worrying – Umguza district tops new HIV infections

Story by Bengani Ncube

UMGUZA district is leading in terms of HIV new infections in the Matabeleland North Province, with a prevalence rate almost equal to the national one.

This was said by the National AIDS Council District AIDS coordinator, Mr Mongiwabesuthu Ngwenya who noted economic activities such as mining were the major drivers of the epidemic.

Due to the illegal mining activities in the district and the economic challenges the communities face and most of the girls are heads of families.

The National AIDS Council is employing various interventions such as sister to sister programme seeing that adolescent girls are the ones that fall prey to these vices and are vulnerable given their circumstances.

There is also another model brother-to-brother programme which targets their male counterparts albeit a lower percentage of boys are affected.

This was revealed at a media tour that was organized by National AIDS Council to give the media an appreciation of HIV and AIDS interventions in the communities ahead of the World AIDS Day commemorations on the 1st of December,2023 and the International Conference on AIDS & STIs in Africa to run from the 4th to the 9th of December in Harare.

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