You are not alone

Catherine Murombedzi HIV Walk Below I publish some of the e-mails that have been sent throughout the year. The writers speak of their fear of rejection, their giving up, the need to hook up with some...
THE EXPECTED RISE IN POPULATION IN AFRICA WILL MEAN MORE TO EDUCATE

Scale up action now!

Catherine Murombedzi HIV Walk Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world to mark World Aids Day on December 1. The commemorations will be held at Garwe Stadium, Chivhu. This year’s theme is “Getting to Zer...

Fighting multi-drug resistant TB

Zimbabwe’s fight against tuberculosis shows that the country has overcome the tide with the number of cases reported declining by 3 000. The decline is, however, marred by the HIV-TB co-infection.
Death changes the way a family lived so children should be prepared for the inevitable

Prepare children for death

Catherine Murombedzi HIV Walk In most cases, an African man does not die from natural causes, at least in the eyes of his family and community if not his doctors and the pathologists. After the death...
Medication is part of the healing process that God avails to us, says Rev Mabizela

Healing school or killing school?

It appears the gains made in the last decade to have the HIV prevalence rate reduced from as high as 26 percent in 2000, scaling down to 18 percent in 2006 and 15 percent in 2011 will be eroded if no...
Studies show that dry blood sampling is compatible with and equivalent to current diagnostic tests performed with fresh blood samples. Advantages of DBS sampling include minimal volume requirements, ease of sample attainment by finger or heel stick with minimal training required, ease of transport and sample stability. Once dried, the sample is stable for months to years at ambient temperature. - Source: De Jesus, 2009; McDade, 2007.

Fear of rejection makes disclosure difficult

Catherine Murombedzi HIV Walk Prisca became an alcoholic after the birth of her fourth child. She now takes an illicit brew known as Zed. The alcohol is reportedly brought into Zimbabwe from Mozambiq...

Sex workers in Catch-22

Cathrine Murombedzi HIV Walk THEY tell harrowing stories they endure in the struggle for survival. Sex workers, who by the nature of their job, operate under cover are caught between a rock and a har...
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Let children be!

Many abuses are taking place as minors enter into forced marriages. With  October 11 the International Day of the Girl Child in mind, my plea remains let children be children. Let us afford them the ...
A child bride

Let children be!

Catherine Murombedzi HIV Walk Many abuses are taking place as minors enter into forced marriages. With  October 11 the International Day of the Girl Child in mind, my plea remains let children be chi...

The ugly face of child abuse

IT is very disturbing when guardians turn abusers. The Herald on October 1, 2013 carried a story of an orphaned six-year-old girl who was raped by her uncle
The transport system is a hotbed for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases

Confessions of a kombi conductor

Catherine Murombedzi HIV Walk HOW many people are comfortable talking of their sexual pasts? And if one is comfortable to talk of the past can one reveal the number of partners one has taken to bed. ...
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Do not let stigma kill you

Catherine Mwauyakufa Stigma is the greatest threat in the national response to HIV. It prevents individuals from getting tested for HIV, seeking medical care, disclosing to partners thereby failing t...
Rev Phumzile Mabizela

What’s faith got to do with it?

Catherine Murombedzi HIV Walk “ Gone are the days when the church remained silent in the face of Aids-related deaths and was there merely to offer comfort to the bereaved.” These  were the words of R...

Tragedy of paying in kind

Cathrine Murombedzi HIV Walk UNIVERSITY life is not a bed of roses, talk of studying, assignments and the challenges of securing affordable accommodation outside the campus. Due to financial challeng...

The tragedy of child marriages

Cathrine Murombedzi HIV Walk Loveness is expecting her third child. She recently turned 18 years. She attends one of the Apostolic sects which wears white lacy dresses and head- gear. “It was not my ...