National Aids Council says new infections of HIV in Zambia are increasing compared to other countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. 

According to the survey conducted in 2018, Zambia recorded 43,000 new infections while the numbers increased to 51, 000 in 2019.

Speaking during the 2020 UNAIDS Global AIDS update Regional Launch for Eastern and Southern Africa, Zambia National AIDS Council Director General Connie Osborne said Zambia needs to refocus on prevention instead of treatment which is very expensive.

Dr Osborne stated that the increase in the new infections would be due to lack of sensitization among sex workers, transgender, prisoner and homosexuals who are the key population.

She noted that it is going to be impossible for the country to be free from HIV by 2030 if the key population where cases of HIV are very high are left behind.

Dr. Osborne said it is unfortunate that the key population face a lot of structural barriers like criminalization of their behaviors leading them to continue with their wrong sexual activities in secret leading to an increase in the new infections.

She stated that the country has a mission of reducing to 5,000 new infections annually to reach epidemic control.

Dr. Osborne disclosed that NAC conducted a study concerning girl adolescents and young women to assess why they are at a higher risk of being infected with HIV.

 

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