The National Aids Council (NAC) has revealed that mining communities and growth points in Gokwe north are the HIV/AIDS hotspots that are affecting statistics of low prevalence rate of both the virus and curable and incurable sexually transmitted diseases.
Mutora and Chitekete growth points as well as Zenda and Mutukani mining communities have been identified as HIV/AIDS prone areas with a prevalence rate of 8-10 percent in the district and that is having low prevalence rate of around 2.8 percent in general.
Gokwe north NAC district coordinator, Mr Isaki Chiwara revealed that high mobility due to economic activities in these areas makes them susceptible to prostitution.
“You will realise that most people come to these areas to sell their wares as there is high economic activities in the areas. The district is also experiencing new infections of around 0.26 percent, which remains the lowest in the country as we have managed to engage care givers. Cross border traders have found these places to be safe havens for their wares which probably explains the prevalence rate being experienced here,” he said.
Caregivers have partnered with relevant stakeholders to spread the gospel of safe sex and proper treatment on sexually transmitted diseases in these hotspots as they seek to assist in the fight against high prevalence rate of such infections.
According to statistics from the Global Information and Education on HIV/AIDS recorded in 2017, Zimbabwe witnessed the drop in new infections to 41 000 from 79 000 in 2010, with deaths from AIDS-related illnesses continuing to fall from 61 000 in 2013 to 22 000 in 2017 as the government, in partnership with several development partners, continue to employ several measures in the fight against new HIV/AIDS infections.