‘Mind-set change needed in HIV fight’

there is an urgent need for mind-set change among young people in Zambia if the country is to achieve the zero new HIV infections target, First Lady Ester Lungu has said.

And National Aids Council (NAC) board chairman George Tembo has disclosed that his organisation is having a problem with the country’s HIV prevalence which has remained at 12 percent for some time now.

Mrs Lungu said young people especially adolescents should concentrate on issues that are beneficial to their lives such as education and avoid engaging themselves in harmful sexual practices.

Speaking when she graced the World Aids Day in Livingstone yesterday, Ms Lungu said that new cases of HIV occurrences were alarming adding that there was need for the country to adopt the right interventions.

“There is an urgent need for mind-set change on sexual practices among young people in Zambia if our country is to achieve the target of zero new HIV infections. They need to concentrate on issues beneficial to them such as education,” she said.

Mrs Lungu expressed sadness with the increasing number of teen pregnancies and early marriage cases that are being recorded due to young people engaging themselves in harmful sexual practices.

The first lady observed that adolescents between the age of 10 and 19 were the most critical adding that they have been forgotten and yet they are the most affected . And National Aids Council (NAC) board chairman Tembo has disclosed that his organisation is having a problem with the country’s HIV prevalence which is failing to move from 12 percent for some time now.

Dr. Tembo said the HIV prevalence was failing to reduce saying that it was for that reason that talking about HIV must not be the responsibility of Government and NAC alone but everyone.

“Prevention of new HIV infections is the core priority to end Aids in Zambia. We will have to double our efforts if we were to achieve the 90-90-90 target. As guided by the UNAIDS’ new strategy, we must implement and scale up effectively the combination of prevention interventions with adequate political leadership and investment,” he said.

 

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