Eastern Province HIV/AIDS Coordination Adviser (PACA) has disclosed that there are over 37,000 people are living with the HIV in Chipata district.

Mr. Emmanuel Chama said the district has a cumulative figure of 37,844 people living with the virus that causes AIDS in the Eastern Province capital.

Speaking when he featured on a radio programme dubbed ‘Big Issue’ on Chipata’s Feel Free radio this morning, Mr. Chama said 27,135 people are currently on antiretroviral treatment.

He stressed the need for the remaining 10, 709, who are not yet on treatment, to access treatment services in order to suppress the HIV viral load and reduce their chances of transmitting the virus to other people.

Meanwhile, the PACA has indicated that Chipata and Petauke have recorded the highest cases on new HIV infections in Eastern Province.

He attributed this to many factors among them a huge population and the development taking place particularly for Chipata.

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