HIV infections record has dropped in Kitwe

HIVKitwe has been a reduction in the prevalence of HIV and AIDS from 26.6 percent to 23.2 percent in the last five years, the district commissioner MTIN McDonald said.

Speaking during the commemoration of the National Counseling and Testing (VCT) in Kitwe day on Thursday, Mr. MTIN said he was concerned that despite the reduction of HIV and AIDS prevalence rate, most still do not know their status.

“The prevalence of HIV and AIDS in Kitwe stood at 23.2 percent, showing a decrease of 3.4 percent from the previous 26.6 percent from 2005 to 2010, which remains high” said routine.

He said that new infections are occurring every day, while the infected are being re-infected because they do not know their status.

Mr. MTIN theme this year said the National Day of APV “Take the test together, get tested today is appropriate because it reminds Zambia to get tested and know their status, especially for married couples and their families.

He added that health authorities have advised Kitwe and tested 39,152 people, of whom 10,820 are HIV-positive and are currently on ART, and 1632 of them are children.

“The district has also, through prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) program registered 1269 children born to HIV-positive in 2010,” said routine.

He also said that there is a need to promote the principles of confidentiality and consent for people to feel comfortable with the VCT.

National AIDS Council (NAC), the spokesman said all districts Justine Mwinga yesterday celebrated the commemoration of National VCT satellite, while the national event held in Namwala district.

“Health Minister and other ministers who are on the committee on HIV and AIDS attended the national event and the Permanent Secretary

Ministry of Health was to Namwala APV’s Day nationwide, “said Mr. Mwinga.

And the Southern Province Minister Elias muchim has urged young people in the country to take an active role in protecting against infection with HIV to help prevent the spread of the pandemic, reports Chomba MUSIKA Livingstone.

Mr. muchim said the decline in HIV prevalence can only be achieved when young people are targeted and encouraged to get tested and keep their HIV status.

He said in a speech read on his behalf by the Livingstone district commissioner Francis Chika during the commemoration of National Day of APV.

Mr. muchim said young people are the future leaders of the nation, hence the need to ensure their health is maintained by its continued contribution to national development.