Bulawayo STI cases spike


BULAWAYO recorded close to 3 000 new cases of sexually transmitted infections (STI) in the last three months, an indication that people still indulge in unprotected sex, the National Aids Council (NAC) said yesterday.

Report by Silas Nkala

Millicent Soko, NAC’s district Aids co-ordinator, told guests at the National Safety and Health celebrations hosted by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions in the city that the statics showed that residents were still promiscuous despite being aware of the dangers of HIV and Aids.

“We had a workshop here and it was reported that about 2 800 were proved to have contracted STIs in the last three months,” Soko said.

“At our homes and our work places, we must ensure that we have zero infections, zero stigma and zero deaths as a result of Aids and other related diseases.”

Soko urged people to use protection if they had multiple sexual partners.

“As NAC, we work with social partners to continue with the awareness campaigns on issues of HIV and Aids,” she said.
“We are going everywhere to educate people on how they must prevent any infections.”