Tanzania: Call for Cut of HIV/Aids Prevalence in Key Groups

Published: October 21, 2014

Tanzania Daily News
Rose Athumani
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ALTHOUGH the nation has recorded impressive success in fighting HIV and AIDS in the country, the disease’s prevalence is still high in key population groups.

Speaking to the ‘Daily News’ in Dar es Salaam as the United Nations celebrates 69 years of its establishment this week, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Programme Specialist HIV/AIDS, Dr Bwijo Bwijo, said HIV prevalence among key population groups was higher than the prevalence in the general population.

He said focus should now be on the key population groups, which include drug users, sex workers and gay, to ensure that all efforts placed in controlling the epidemic does not go to waste.

"Effectiveness of programmes have led to the stabilising of HIV and AIDS in the general population, but efforts need to be focused on the key population groups, so that the current prevalence is not reversed back to higher numbers," he explained.

Statistics from the UN websites show that HIV prevalence among injection drug users was at 16 per cent, sex workers at 10.8 per cent while among gay or men having sex with men, was at 12.4 per cent.

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