Zimbabwe’s gains in the fight against HIV and AIDS are under threat as the shortage of foreign currency is affecting the procurement of anti retroviral drugs which are critical in suppressing the HIV viral load, a top National AIDS Council (NAC) official has said.

Zimbabwe has joined the rest of the world in commemorating the World AIDS Day with particular focus on the gains made so far in reducing the new infections by over 50 percent with a Zimbabwe population-based HIV impact assessment report indicating that new infections dropped from 82 570 in 2009 to an estimated 42 314 last year.

Official figures from the NAC also estimate that approximately 64 percent of people living with HIV had suppressed viral loads with the organisation’s board chairperson Dr Evaristo Marowa highlighting that his organisation is worried that all the gains could be reversed if the issue of foreign currency to address such problems is not addressed.

Chairperson of the people living with HIV in Matabeleland South Province Mr Edson Moyo said though he is facing problems in visiting his constituency due to transport woes, the gains that are being witnessed in taking care of those infected is impressive.

This year’s national World AIDS Day commemorations were held in Bulawayo at White City Stadium under the theme, “Closing the Tap of New HIV Infections”.