Researchers say it is important to channel more resources towards HIV testing and treatment in rural communities especially among adolescents and other key populations, as the country moves towards achieving the 90-90-90 UNAIDS global targets.

Zimbabwe is among countries that have made significant strides towards HIV prevention, care and treatment.

Speaking at a conference on adherence to HIV prevention and treatment for key populations in sub-Saharan Africa, University of Zimbabwe (UZ) College of Health Sciences Principal Investigator Professor James Hakim said HIV programmes must not be centred on urban areas only as key populations in rural communities also need to be engaged.

Executive director UZ College of Health Sciences Clinical Trials Research Centre Professor Mike Chirenje said it is important to continue carrying out researches that guide programmes and policies on HIV prevention and treatment for the attainment of UNAIDS global targets.

Currently, the government’s interventions towards prevention and treatment of HIV are targeting key populations such as sex workers, adolescents and young adults.