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Government introduces door-to-door HIV testing

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The government and various stakeholders in the health sector will soon embark on a door-to-door HIV testing and counselling campaign in a bid to curb the Aids pandemic.

Speaking at the World Aids Day commemorations in Mutare last week, Health and Child Welfare minister Henry Madzorera said the initiative was vital if the pandemic was to be tamed.

He said door-to-door testing had worked in other countries and Zimbabwe must try the method.
Madzorera said there would be timely interventions and well-programmed policies if people knew their HIV status.

The commemorations ran under the theme: “Message of Zero New Infections, Zero Discrimination and Zero Aids-Related Diseases”.

“We want to conduct door-to-door testing and counselling for HIV,” Madzorera said.

“The initiative has been successful in countries such as Malawi. This move will help us attain our campaigning message of zero tolerance to new infections, discrimination and Aids-related deaths.”

The minister urged youths and schoolchildren to avoid engaging in risky sexual behaviour during the festive season.

“A lot of unhappy stories will come out due to the Christmas cheer,” Madzorera said.

“But I want to challenge you to join the zero tolerance campaign that we have here by avoiding risky behaviour so that we successfully eliminate the burden.”

Public Service minister Lucia Matibenga said Zimbabwe was making significant strides in reducing the spread of HIV, but noted that the mother-to-child transmission of HIV remained a challenge.

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