Zimbabwe launches a large-scale pre-exposure HIV prevention program
The government of Zimbabwe last week launched a program for the distribution of pre-exposure HIV prevention (PrEP). This initiative, officials noted, is designed to reduce the risk of HIV transmission in at-risk groups.
On June 15, the solemn launch of the PrEP program took place in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. During the speech at the event, Minister of Health Dr. David Parirenyatwa noted that pre-exposure prophylaxis will be aimed only at those who have an increased risk of HIV infection.
The head of the department stressed that the strategy for the LCP is designed for the period from 2018 to 2020.
"This is an addition to our tools and approaches to HIV prevention ... I am sure that the best strategy in the fight against AIDS, the best prevention is preventing new HIV cases."
As noted by the organizers, the PrEP distribution program will reach people at high risk in all areas of Zimbabwe.
"We are confident," the minister stressed, "that as we expand the use of PrEP in Zimbabwe, the number of new HIV cases will decrease significantly ..."
Parenenyatva explained the choice of the authorities by the proven effectiveness of the measures introduced.
"We have evidence that PrEP is effective," he explained to journalists, "and, if properly taken, it will provide more than 90% protection against the virus."
Separately, the specialist also dwelled on some of the rules for taking therapy. In particular, he urged everyone to pay attention that it is not necessary to take PrEP for life:
"[Receiving PrEP," Ed.] Is a responsible choice that must be made during periods of high risk of contracting HIV, "said Dr. Parerenyatva." When you are no longer at risk, medical professionals will help you stop accepting PrEP and continue prevention of HIV by other methods".