HIV Self-Testing Stalls in Rumphi

By Taonga Nyirend-MANA Rumphi District Health Office has bemoaned delay in rolling out of HIV self-testing strategy in the district, launched on December 1,2018 due to lack of trained community volunteers. Deputy HIV/AIDS Services Coordinator, Patricia Mweso said in an interview that the district is yet to train volunteers to sensitize people on how to use HIV self-testing kit. “We have the HIV self-testing kit in stock, but people cannot start accessing the service because currently we do not…

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Defilement Cases Increase in Mzuzu

By Rose Mahorya-MANA District AIDS Coordinating Committee Chairperson for Mzuzu City, Evans Mwale has said increase in defilement cases is said to be one of the major setbacks in the HIV fight in the City. He made the disclosure on Wednesday during World AIDS Day Commemoration at Chibavi Primary School ground in Mzuzu. According to Mwale, records at Mzuzu One Stop Centre, show an average of 12 defilement cases per month, a development he said is worrisome. “In as…

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WORI Project to Increase Uptake of Early Infants’ Diagnosis

Failure to follow up on infants who are exposed to HIV/AIDS is affecting uptake of the Early Infants Diagnosis (EID) services in Nkhotakota District, Women Rights Institute (WORI) has said. WORI Assistant Programs Officer, Yamikani Mwawa made the remarks during a recent Nkhotakota District Executive Committee briefing on the project the organisation will soon roll out in the district. Mwawa observed that Nkhotakota District lags behind in Early Infants Diagnosis compared to other districts. WORI in conjunction with Nkhotakota…

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Nsanje on Course to Achieving 90-90-90 HIV Strategy

Authorities in Nsanje have expressed satisfaction with the progress made in achieving the National Strategic Development Plan which aims at achieving 90 per cent of the population to know their HIV status, 90 per cent of those diagnosed HIV positive to receive antiretroviral therapy while 90 per cent of those receiving antiretroviral therapy to have their viral load suppressed by 2020. District Aids Coordinator for Nsanje (DAC), Macknowledge Tembo, made the acknowledgment on Monday during the district’s Candle Light…

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‘Why I shared My HIV Status on Tweeter’

“When I found out at 14 that I was HIV-positive, I didn’t think I would live to see 18, I am turning 22 this year.” Since Saidy Brown tweeted those words on Friday, thousands of people have re-shared her hopeful message, with many praising her courage for speaking publicly about her own experience with the virus. Activist Saidy, who describes herself as an HIVictor in her Twitter bio, has been speaking to the BBC about the extraordinary reaction to…

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