Zimbabwe launches 'HIV prevention' pill

Zimbabwe launches 'HIV prevention' pill
Published: 18 June 2018 (359 Views)
Government last week launched the pre-exposure prophylaxis strategy (PrEP), which is meant to reduce the  risk of contracting HIV.

Speaking at the "Million Men Circumcised" celebrations and launch of the PrEP Strategy in Harare on Friday, Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa said the oral PrEP was strictly for those who were at a higher risk of contracting HIV.

"We are launching the strategy for our fairly new HIV prevention initiative and that is, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for the period 2018 to 2020," he said. "This is an add-on to our bag of tools and approaches for HIV prevention that we had in the past and l am confident you all know that I have always said the best strategy in our efforts to fight AIDS in this country is prevention, prevention, prevention.

"This new comprehensive strategy on PrEP is going to provide us with a strategic direction for how to provide PrEP for those at high risk across all the districts in Zimbabwe.

"I would like to emphasise now that PrEP is not for everyone and neither is it a morning after pill. PrEP is strictly for those who are at a higher risk of contracting HIV."

Dr Parirenyatwa said PrEP provided up to 90 percent protection against HIV.

"We have evidence that PrEP is effective and if taken correctly, provides up to 90 percent protection against HIV infection," he said.

"In 2017, more than 3 500 people took up PrEP as an additional method of HIV prevention.

"We are confident that as we will scale up PrEP in Zimbabwe, the number of new HIV infections will significantly be reduced and we will continue to put our hands, minds and hearts together for a better Zimbabwe and a generation free Zimbabwe."

Dr Parirenyatwa said when one was sexually active, they were at high risk of HIV, and urged the adolescents, students in tertiary institutions, truck drivers, sex workers, discordant couples and the key populations to take PreP pills. He warned on the use of the oral PrEP pill for life.

"Please, do note that PrEP is not for life, but a responsible choice that one has to make during periods of high risk of HIV infection," said Dr Parirenyatwa. "When you are no longer at risk, trained health care providers will guide you on how then to stop taking PrEP and continue with other HIV prevention methods."

Dr Parirenyatwa acknowledged support of the funding partners, contributions made by parliamentarians and traditional and religious leaders, in making the initiative of reducing HIV infections a success.

- the herald

Tags: Zimbabwe, HIV, Pill,
 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Man loses 'Toyota Raum' to robbers

by Simbarashe Sithole | 21 September 2018 | 40 Views

International media stampede to interview Mnangagwa

by Staff Reporter | 21 September 2018 | 47 Views

Brutalising vendors must stop

by Jacob Mafume, MDC National Spokesperson | 21 September 2018 | 41 Views

I doubt if Dabengwa really endorsed Mnangagwa - Mthwakazi activist

by Stephen Jakes | 21 September 2018 | 123 Views

President Mnangagwa debuts at UNGA

by Bevan Musoko | 21 September 2018 | 123 Views

BREAKING: Harare - Johannesburg Intercape bus in accident, 10 people dead

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 263 Views

Stop unnecessary traveling to cholera affected areas - MIHR

by Stephen Jakes | 21 September 2018 | 95 Views

We need Mthwakazi restoration soon

by Stephen Jakes | 21 September 2018 | 87 Views

Rural development agenda should be on the priority list

by Stephen Jakes | 21 September 2018 | 86 Views

IMF offers to help Zimbabwe clear arrears

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 197 Views

Mugabe's party rejoins Mnangagwa's Zanu-PF

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 205 Views

Streak seeks ZC liquidation

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 112 Views

'Chamisa must not waste time fighting Mnangagwa'

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 197 Views

Chipanga appeal thrown out

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 146 Views

New minister cracks the whip

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 139 Views

Deal decisively with Parly delinquents

by Zvamaida Murwira | 21 September 2018 | 106 Views

Mthuli Ncube faces tough choices

by Lovemore Chikova | 21 September 2018 | 127 Views

Currency reform answer to Zimbabwe's economic woes

by Bongani Ngwenya | 21 September 2018 | 105 Views

Dabengwa ditches Chamisa, endorses Mnangagwa?

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 121 Views

Sibusiso Moyo alive & well

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 116 Views

'Mugabe University not a priority'

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 99 Views

Chamisa battles open rebellion

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 123 Views

Prophet up for pregnant woman rape

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 93 Views

Bulawayo pins hopes on devolution

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 71 Views

Nust shut down

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 119 Views

Zimbabweans want US or Zim dollar only, not SA Rand

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 117 Views

Chamisa's MDC Alliance starts merging into single party

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 73 Views

Vic Falls man hangs self after bar brawl

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 62 Views

Cholera hits Beitbridge

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 61 Views

Cop up for assault

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 47 Views

Gumbura hires Madhuku to challenge delayed trial

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 58 Views

Devolution will develop provinces with natural resources

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 42 Views

Family evicted, dumped in the bush

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 45 Views

Soul Brothers coming to Bulawayo

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 77 Views

Zimbabwean scientist wins Cambridge scholarship

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 45 Views

MDC Alliance activist jailed over arson threats

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 37 Views