Women afraid of disclosing HIV status

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A SENIOR government official has disclosed that the majority of HIV-positive women in Masvingo were scared of disclosing their status to their partners, fearing their marriages could break up.

Report by Nqobile Bhebhe

Addressing a two-day media workshop in Masvingo yesterday, acting provincial medical director Kudzai Masinire said non-disclosure was rampant in the province.

“Last year, we conducted an operational research in the province and realised that men are not keen to go for HIV tests and if they do, it is often too late,” he said.

“However, women who go for tests and whose results indicate they are HIV positive are scared to disclose to their patterns. The major reason they highlight is that they fear their marriages might collapse.”

Masinire said in most cases, women were not too sure how their husbands would react after learning of their statuses. As a result, the majority were going for tests without the knowledge of their spouses.

He said non-disclosure, motivated by the socio-economic issues, was a major challenge and was contributing to the spread of the disease.

The country has approximately 1,2 million people living with HIV and Aids, with half of them on anti-retroviral therapy. The 2011 United Nations General Assembly Political Declaration on HIV and Aids came out with 10 targets to eradicate the disease.

Some of the targets include the reduction of sexual transmission of HIV by 50% by 2015, cutting down HIV transmission among people who inject drugs by the same percentage and reach out to 15 million people with ARVs by 2015.

The targets also include eliminating stigma and discrimination against people living with and affected by HIV through the promotion of laws and policies that ensure the full realisation of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Majority of women are strangers to the truth and sometimes when you see them walking in town looking healthy you wouldn’t think they have HIV. Men should be brave enough to visit the testing centres topether with their wives.

  2. Zvino munoti vangadiiwo , hamuna here kuona nyayayemukadzi eku ZAOGA akatorerwa mwana mucheche ane 3days zvese nebasa rikapera nenyaya dze HIV. ndoSTIGMA neDiscrimination yacho iyoyo

  3. ko ivo varume vanorambirei kuenda ku test kana vasina mhosva.saka vakadzi vanongorara nevarume vavo and reinfecting them.its such a sad truth.

  4. Vazhinji vanotya kuti vakatestwa vakanzi vane hiv yacho havazogoni kumwa doro. Saka vanotodhakwa kuti vasafunga nezvazvo. Tinozviziva nekuti takabvanoko. Vanenge vatozvitesta kare kubhawa ikoko vongomwa vakamirira kufa. Vamwe vanozoona vongoramba vasingafi vozondo testwa some how voona kuti havana hiv apa munhu angaari depressed for years and living reckless achitoti kana vana n’ingi vakafa vakapfura nepapo vakadaro saka ndakafa kare. Vamwe vanotozopedzisira vagwara nenyaya yekuzvitesta kana kutestwa nevamwe nemashoko kubhawa ikoko. Mubhawa ndimomachiri saka ukanyanyo tambiramo wakadhakwa unezvivindi zvebenzi zvino gona kuti udriver mota at high speed usina kusunga mabhande mumugwagwa uzere madhongi vusiku, izuva rimwe raunowa, rimwe chete chete

  5. Murwendo rwoupenyu ukaita munyama wokupingira kuwana mari usatiwoziva mwari, ichawagona hapana iyoyo nokuti unonyura chete one way or the other nyangwe unenharo, asiukatsvaga mwari paunonyura unowana hupenyu. Mari pasina mwari haigari

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