NAC bemoans rising new HIV infections after decline

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The National AIDS Council (NAC) has expressed worry that the downward trend in the number of new HIV infections which Zambia was recording in the past few years was now changing to the opposite.

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Programmes Director Harold Witola has said there was still a lot of work to be carried out to fight HIV/AIDS despite Zambia making significant strides in reducing new HIV infections in the past few years.

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Dr. Witola however noted that there has been a rise in new HIV infections particularly in urban areas as compared to rural areas.

He attributed the rising number of new HIV infections in urban areas to the emerging economic and social activities.

ZANIS Reports that Dr. Witola said this at the on-going National Aids Council (NAC) and United National Development Programme (UNDP) joint media symposium in Chisamba district in Central Province.

The NAC and UNDP media symposium is being held under the theme “Unlocking the potential of the media to play a positive role in responding to HIV and AIDS”.

Dr. Witola said there was need for all key stakeholders to work together and educate people particularly in the high risky areas to adopt best practices aimed at reducing new HIV infections.

He named some of the best practices as the consistence condom use, voluntary male circumcision and voluntary counseling and testing among others.

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