Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are on the rise in Zvishavane, statistics from the National AIDS Council show.

According to the NAC first and second quarter reports show a worrying trend with 271 and 289 STI cases recorded in the first and second quarters respectively.

Compounding the concerns is the fact that most of the STI victims are shunning health centers and opting for unorthodox forms of cure.

“Zvishavane being a mining town with hard to reach small scale miners, STIs are on the rise,” said Mr Ngonidzashe Sesemani, Bethany Project Programmes Officer.

Bethany Projects is a community center involved in developmental work in Mberengwa and Zvishavane and educates young people on sexual reproductive health.