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9 Feb 2016 - 12:48


Reports that strains of HIV are becoming resistant to an antiretroviral drug, Tenofovir, commonly used to prevent and fight the virus should be taken seriously.
The paper, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, said poor administration of the drug, in terms of regularly taking the right levels of Tenofovir could be an explanation for the discrepancy.
HIV was resistant to Tenofovir in 60 percent of cases in several African countries, according to the study, covering the period from 1998 to 2015.
The research, led by University College London, looked at around 2 000 HIV patients worldwide. Given relatively high levels of adherence to HIV treatment in Africa, it becomes more relevant to explore factors affecting adherence in Zimbabwe at a time many success stories have been written.
While ART adherence is even better in Zimbabwe than in some countries in sub-Saharan Africa, such as Tanzania and Mozambique we have a few problems of our own.
Experience has shown that HIV care and treatment is complex and drug regimens must be carefully adhered to.
Sadly despite plenty of information and HIV awareness raising campaigns, in Zimbabwe adherence is often inhibited by stigma.
HIV is still associated with promiscuity and sort of criminalised by society especially in urban areas. There are some people who still treat HIV positive people like criminals.

28 Jan 2016 - 11:37

27 January 2016
Women at work in Nepal

By Danai Majaha

Family planning is not only about the rights of women and girls to make their own choices about having children and looking after their reproductive health, it's also key to global development. 

This was the underlying message during the official opening of the fourth International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP), currently taking place in Indonesia (25-28 January). In his opening speech, Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called on world leaders to ensure that the correct policies were implemented and resources invested, to promote safer pregnancies and childbirths.

27 Jan 2016 - 15:49

 by tinomuda chakanyuka

ZIMBABWE is set to start its HIV self-testing programme at the beginning of next month on a pilot basis, with more than 375 000 expected to take part in the study.

This follows the successful launch of the HIV self-testing programme for Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi in Harare in December last year. The programme will see people now being able to test themselves for HIV through saliva swabs.

Zimbabwe’s pilot project, also known as STAR, will run for the next two years before being rolled out at full scale with over $23 million having been secured for the project.

Director of Aids and TB Unit in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Dr Owen Mugurungi told Sunday News last week that the programme will kick off after a lower scale study was successfully done in Harare and Shamva.

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