Midlands, Mashonaland West record highest prevalence of STIs

By ZBC Reporter

Midlands and Mashonaland West have the highest prevalence of sexually transmitted infections in Zimbabwe.

This came out during a presentation of oral evidence by the Ministry of Health and Child Care to the parliamentary portfolio committee on health.

“We still have high-risk sexual practices that need to be addressed. This could be largely due to shortages of condoms in 2019 and 2020. For urethra and vaginal discharges recorded in 2018 and 2019, the age band that recorded the highest was the 25 and 49 age group, most of these cases were coming from the Midlands province and Mashonaland west provinces.

“Moving on to genital ulcer disease there was a reduction from 35 000 in 2016 to 32 000 in 2019 most of these recorded among the 25 to 49 age groups affecting more males than females again Midlands province is leading followed by Mashonaland west. For the districts its mainly those in mining areas,” said Deputy Director HIV and STIs in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Dr Tsitsi Apolo.

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