By Sydney Gokomere
Gweru, October 27, 2016 – ATLEAST 9 482 people in the Midlands province tested positive for HIV in the first quarter this year, statistics from the National Aids Council Midlands province reveal.
According to the figures, 124 862 people in the province’s eight districts were tested for HIV and received their results.
Kwekwe district topped the list with 2 115 testing positive from 23 686 people who went for voluntary counselling and testing.
Gweru was on second position with 1 732 people testing positive from 18 163 tested followed by Gokwe South, which saw 1 582 testing positive from 25 036 tested.
Zvishavane had 1 204 from 12 696 tested.
Mberengwa, Shurugwi, Gokwe North and Chirumanzu had 980; 745; 646 and 478 also testing positive for the virus respectively.
More people were tested this quarter compared to the same period last year with the positivity rate declining.
“More clients were tested in the first semester of 2016 as compared to 2015. Positivity rate for semester 1, 2016 was 7,6% a decline from semester 1, 2015 which was 9,6%,” according to the statistics.
The figures also showed that in the second quarter this year a total of 1 429 out of 23 014 pregnant women tested for HIV were found positive.
A 2015 National Aids Council (NAC) survey revealed that mining and farming communities have remained as hot spots for new HIV and Aids infections with people in the 30-49 age group being the most affected.