The Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office – Policy, Parliament, Labour, Youth, Employment and Persons with Disability, Ms Jenista Mhagama said that the State is continuing taking a number of initiatives to fight HIV/ AIDS, including behavioural change campaigns.
The Minister made the remark in Mbeya on Wednesday during the climax of World Aids Day that was graced by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa.
Mhagama pointed out that that the Tanzania Commission for Aids (TACAIDS) in collaboration with other stakeholders have been investing a lot in creative campaigns for behaviour change, to fight and identify risk indicators of HIV transmissions, based on age and gender.
The Minister named regions in which the infection rate is on the rise as Geita (five per cent), Simiyu and Manyara (2.3), Mwanza (7.2), Kagera (6.5), Singida (3.6), Mbeya (9.3), Iringa (11.3) and Morogoro 4.2 per cent.
She further said that the available data shows that 40 per cent of new infections are young people, with girls contributing 80 per cent.
On her part, Chairperson for National Council of People Living with HIV (NACOPHA), Ms Leticia Moris, expressed her gratitude to the government and stakeholders for increasing the availability of full antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) almost in all health centers, a move that has improved the health of HIV/ AIDS patients.