HIV Prevalence Still High in Zimbabwe: Official
April 13, 2006
On Wednesday, Zimbabwe's health and child welfare minister said the nation's HIV prevalence stands at 20.1 percent. "The figure is still unacceptably high, and we need to bring it down through continued prevention programs that would influence behavior change, especially in young people aged between 15 and 29 years," said David Parirenyatwa. HIV prevalence was 31 percent in 1999 and 24.6 percent in 2004, he said. To better serve women and girls, Parirenyatwa said the ministry will expand testing and counseling programs. "My ministry will motivate the provision of these services and offer HIV testing for those people admitted in hospitals so that they are put on antiretroviral therapy," Parirenyatwa said. He added that the government is in the process of developing legislation and policies to discourage stigma and discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS. AIDS has orphaned 980,000 children in Zimbabwe and continues to kill about 3,000 people each week.
Xinhua News Agency
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.