People with HIV call for inclusion in matters of HIV solutions

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—-The Network of Zambian People Living with HIV/AIDS (NZP+) in Lukulu District has called for inclusion in matters to do with finding medication for HIV.


NZP+ Lukulu District Coordinator, Sebastian Lisholo, says people living with HIV are partners in finding trail medication as they are the right people to use.


And Mr Lisholo says he is proudly living with HIV and now he has three children who are all HIV negative.


Raphael Katota, who is NZP+ District Information, Education, Communications and Advocacy officer, says he is happily married with three children and they are all HIV negative.


Mr Katota said he discovered he was HIV positive in 2003 and married his wife in 2007, adding that she is still HIV negative as well.


The duo said this when giving life testimonies of people living happily with HIV during the candle light service held at Sancta Maria Catholic Church last evening.


Speaking earlier at the same event, Lukulu District Commissioner, Precious Muyenga, called for people to seek God’s intervention, saying that God will make a way for the nation and the world at large through medications which are currently available.


Ms Muyenga said now people living with HIV are able to have HIV negative children saying with God anything is possible.


She explained that the district and the country as a whole should get to zero infections of HIV which will lead to zero deaths in line with this year’s theme which is Zambia at 50 towards zero stigma.


The DC added that this can only be successful if people know their HIV status hence called for all to go for VCT regularly and end self-stigmatisation which she observed is the leading cause of HIV deaths despite medications which prolong lives being available.


The service was characterized with preaching of the word of God for encouragement as well as songs form choirs from different churches in the district and prayers from the clergymen.


A minute of silence was observed in honour of the departed due to HIV related diseases.