Behavioral Change Remains Challenge

| November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

The decline in the use of condoms among the general population and an increase in the multiple sexual partnerships still remain a challenge.

NACA national coordinator, Ms Grace Muzila told the media that only 65 per cent of 15-24 years olds reports using condoms consistently.

Addressing a press briefing about the 2014 World Aids Commemoration Day in Gaborone, Ms Muzila said some of the challenges include the increase in the number of young people having sex before the age of 15 years.

She also cited the high HIV prevalence and incidence among the most-at-risk population saying that 62 per cent of female sex workers are living with HIV.

Other challenges, he said include the reduced donor funding due to the country’s middle income status.

Ms Muzila said that despite these challenges, there are some achievements like the reduction in the incidence rates from 1.45 to 1.35 per cent.

“We are worried that in absolute terms, the figures are still on the high side as we are talking of 40 new infections every day that translates to about 10 000 per year and the number remains high for a country of 2.1 million people,” she said.

Ms Muzila said reduced HIVAIDS related stigma as per results of the 2013 stigma index and less than 2 per cent of the babies born HIV negative to positive mothers is an achievement.

She noted that adherence rate is over 90 per cent and that organisations are still worried about the 10 per cent that is not adhering.

Ms Muzila said that although they are aiming for the positives, there are some challenges lying before their endeavours which are mainly linked with behavioural changes.

UN-AIDSNACA Community Mobilization and Networking officer Ms Irene Maina said that they were working on a one day testing campaign known as the 8 Hour Testing campaign (OHT) at Maun. The campaign aimed at testing 6 000 people in ten avenues and is part of the genius world record to beat the one held by Argentina at 3733 people.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Medical/Health Care

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