Increased illicit sex worries Taskforce
Solwezi, July 6, ZANIS —- Solwezi District Aids Taskforce (SDATF) says it is concerned with the increase in illicit sexual activities that are happening in villages located along the Chingola-Solwezi road.
SDATF Chairperson David Manda said villages around St. Dorothy and Kabisapi have become sleep over stations for local and international truck drivers.
He noted that the situation is alarming because girls as young 11 years old and young women are actively exposing themselves to risky sexual behaviours.
Mr Manda said this in an interview with ZANIS during the commemoration of the Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) day held today at ST. Dorothy community.
Mr Manda said this is a challenge that the District AIDS Taskforce is facing in realizing HIV and AIDS prevention interventions in the district.
He also said the affected areas are under serviced in terms of VCT services as there are only Corridors of Hope that are conducting periodic mobile services.
And District Commissioner Crispin Likando in a speech read for him by the District Administrative Officer, Chipawa Chipawa said Solwezi district is rapidly being ravaged by the effects of HIV and AIDS following the population increase caused by the opening of the mines.
Mr Likando urged traditional and political leaders to encourage the people to go for VCT and obtain their results so that they can help to control the spread of the HIV virus.
The national VCT day was commemorated on June 30, under the theme “Reaching everyone, everywhere with Voluntary Counselling and Testing Services”