Mashonaland East Province has made huge progress in dealing with HIV and AIDS with 83 percent of people on anti-retroviral therapy (ART) in the province now having an undetectable viral load.

The Director in the Minister of State’s Office, Muchemwa Mugwisi said intervention measures in the province have helped those positive to access drugs while the number of people knowing their status improved to about 74 percent.

“I am happy that as a province, the number of people knowing their status now stands 74 percent which is a good step forward,” he said.

National AIDS Council (NAC) Provincial Coordinator, Dr Wilfred Dube said it is important for people to know their status so that they have access to medication.

“People should always know their status so that they access other services offered to people who are HIV positive,” Dube said.

As part of other intervention measures in 2018, coverage of voluntary male circumcision reached 22 348, while a total of 6,6 million condoms were distributed in the whole province.

Virtual elimination of the mother to child transmission is at 6,7 percent against a 5 percent target.

Mashonaland East Province held its belated World AIDS Day commemorations at Bondamakara school in Mutoko.