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Monday, 17 July 2017 11:37

HIV prevalence rate worries Blantyre District Council

Written by  Brian Wasili

Blantyre, July 17, 2017: The prevalence rate of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS in Blantyre is still high despite government’s efforts to disseminate preventive messages among people in the district.

This was disclosed by the Principal Nutrition HIV/AIDS Officer for Blantyre District Council, Loveness Chikumba, during this year’s district HIV/AIDS candlelight memorial ceremony that was held at the Headquarters of Senior Chief Kunthembwe in the district on Friday.

“People are still contracting the virus though the district council and other stakeholders are disseminating messages about the dangers of the disease,” said Chikumba.

Chikumba called upon communities in the district to go for blood testing so that the 90; 90; 90 strategy of combating the disease is achieved.

Current statistics show that the HIV prevalence rate in Blantyre is at about 17 percent which higher that the national prevalence of 10 percent.

In his remarks, Senior Chief Kunthembwe, who was also guest of honour at the function, asked the communities to avoid discrimination against those with HIV.

In attendance were political party representatives, schools, traditional and religious leaders among others to the event whose theme was “Ending AIDS Together: Enhancing People Living with HIV Sector Involvement,”

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