New HIV infections increase in Zambia

Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia has recorded an increase in new HIV infections, w ith the figure rising from 70,000 in 2007 to 82,000 this year, Health Minister K a pembwa Simbao disclosed here.
Simbao, who expressed worry at the increasing number of new HIV infections, said Lusaka, the capital city, had the highest HIV infection rate, accounting for 22 per cent, with the Northern Province being the lowest.
According to the National AIDS Council (NAC), 71 out of every 100 new infections occurred as a result of sex with a non-regular partner, while the World Health O rganisation reported that, having one sexual partner accounted for around 21 per cent of new infections.
â?HIV still poses a great challenge.
The HIV prevalence rate in Zambia is now a t 14.
3 per cent.
This percentage represents HIV positive people in the 15 to 49 a ge-group,â? Simbao stated.
He said government and its co-operating partners would consider increasing budge tary support for activities aimed at increasing access to HIV/AIDS services.
Simbao said the unprecedented number of new infections had resulted in an increa se in orphans and vulnerable children.
The minister appealed to the citizens to refrain from activities which cause HIV infections.

02 december 2009 19:09:00

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