Research by the National Aids Council (Nac) indicates that although the national HIV prevalence has been declining in the past two years, it is four times high in other community groups like commercial sex workers.
Nac monitoring and evaluation director Amon Mpofu told Parliamentarians on a countrywide tour and capacity building programme on HIV and Aids interventions that although the prevalence rate nationally stood at 13, 8 percent as of December 31 last year, down from 15,3 the previous year, indications were that 56,4 percent of commercial sex workers were infected.
“It’s sad to note that although we’re making efforts to reduce new infections we still have a problem in other community groups among them commercial sex workers and those in densely populated areas like growth points where the incidents rate is increasing,” said Mpofu.
Mpofu said it was very important for parliamentarians and traditional leaders to play a leading role in formulating effective HIV and Aids intervention policies.
He said it was important for the government to focus on key population areas in the country who needed specific needs in implementing intervention programmes.
“We need to seriously look at sector communities. As Nac we’ll continue providing services and capacity building programmes,” he said. chronicle