Ending HIV/AIDS with Children, Adolescents and Young Women

AROUND 1.3 MILLION LIVE WITH HIV IN ZIMBABWE, AND MORE THAN 10 PER CENT OF THOSE ARE UNDER 19 YEARS-OF-AGE. YOUNG FEMALES SUFFER SIX TIMES MORE THAN MALES.

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Highlights

HIV and AIDS remain a challenge in Zimbabwe, with a prevalence of 11.58 per cent, translating into an estimated 1.3 million people living with HIV in 2021. Of these, about 72,100 were children 0 – 14 years and 77,300 adolescents aged 10 – 19. An estimated 53,000 pregnant women required prevention of vertical transmission of HIV services in 2021. Women have a higher prevalence rate (14.7%) than men (8.7%). HIV incidence is highest in females ages 15-29 years. Among the 15-19 years, the incidence among females is six times higher than their male counterparts. Zimbabwe has made great strides in prevention, resulting in a decline in estimated HIV prevalence rates from 25 per cent in 2002 to around 11.58 per cent in 2021. Similarly, the incidence (new HIV infections) and AIDS-related deaths peaked in 1994 and declined sharply to less than 20,200 in 2021. Rapid progress must be made during this decade to remain on track to end AIDS by 2030 and meet the set global targets: 95 per cent of people living with HIV know their HIV status; 95 per cent of people who know their status are on treatment, and 95 per cent of people on treatment are with suppressed viral loads. Currently, 96 per cent of adults know their HIV status; 96 per cent of adults living with HIV are on treatment, and 93 per cent of adults on treatment have a suppressed viral load.

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