THE PERCH - HIV and AIDS still a cause for concern
THE PERCH - HIV and AIDS still a cause for concern

By YEVAI SIYAMANYANGA

While Covid 19 has become a source of worry to everyone in Zimbabwe and globally, concern should also be on other conditions such as HIV and which is still killing at least 2000 people per year worldwide.

This was revealed by officials from SayWhat at a media briefing recently. They also shared about preventing the high risk of contracting HIV and Aids through taking Pre – exposure Prophylaxis (PreP) and Post – exposure Prophylaxis (Pep) into practice.

Prep and Pep, according to Mongilwa Dhube a university student and a member of SayWhat, said PrEP is a pill that has 2 anti-HIV medicines taken daily to prevent HIV for HIV-negative people. PrEP is taken before you think you might be exposed to HIV.

PEP is taken within 72 hours after exposure to HIV (e.g. after rape) for 28 days to prevent HIV. PeP is taken after you think you have been exposed to HIV.

They are different to the treatment that is taken by a person who is already positive.

Young girls between the ages of 16 to 24 year, female sex workers, and transgender people are at risk