Monze District Health office has successfully tested 80, 680 people as of June 2019 through HIV testing and Counselling services being offered throughout the District.
Acting Health Director Phostina Mulinga out of this number tested, a total of 1,799 people were found to be HIV positive, with an overall total of 17, 390 people currently receiving anti-retroviral treatment (ART) in the District.
Speaking at this year’s HIV testing, counselling and treatment day commemoration, yesterday, Ms Mulinga however observed that of the 80, 680 people tested, 46,835 were females while 33, 845 were male.
Ms Mulinga stated that HIV testing was essential for expanding treatment and achieving the 90-90-90 targets, which entail that 90 percent of people who are HIV positive should know their status, 90 percent of those who know their status should be on ARVs and 90 percent of people living with HIV should be virally suppressed.
“We have successfully tested 80, 680 people by June 2019, 1,799 of which were found to be HIV positive, with an overall total of 17, 390 people currently receiving anti-retroviral treatment (ART) in the District” Ms Mulinga said.
She further emphasized the need for individuals to take responsibility in protecting themselves against HIV through the use of condoms, abstinence, being faithful to one partner whose status is known among other measures.
Speaking at the same even Monze Council Chairperson Bisha Munsaka called on people in the District to take advantage of HIV testing, counselling and treatment services being offered for free throughout the District.
Mr Munsaka observed that it was only through strict adherence to these measures that the dream of achieving an HIV free generation in Zambia would be achieved.
The Commemoration of HIV Testing, Counselling and treatment day was held on the 15th of August in Bweengwa, under the theme: “Ending AIDS starts with me; leaving no one behind”