Report: Kalabo men leave wives diagnosed with HIV

Kalabo District has recorded 39 discordant couples in the last quarter, a development that has dissolved some marriages.

This is according to the Social Development sub Committee activity report to District Development Coordinating Committee (DDCC) held in Kalabo Council chambers and made available to ZANIS.

The report stated that out of the 39 discordant couples, 30 were men and nine women.

The District Aids Taskforce (DATF) reported that it faced challenges of divorce in situation where a man was nonreactive and a woman found to be HIV positive.

The report further revealed that women were always protecting their marriages when they were found to be HIV negative but husbands preferred divorce despite attending several counseling sessions.

It is clear that women in a discordant couple were more vulnerable than their male counterparts as evidenced from the information obtained in the last quarter.

About 6,916 people went for Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) higher than the district targeted number of 6,500, and out of the total number of people tested, 1,063 were couples and 92 were found to be HIV positive.

And 100 prisoners from Kalabo prisons underwent VCT and none of them was reactive.

The DATF also had a target of distributing 20,000 condoms, but only managed to distribute 18,713 and the district has 12 VCT centers and only five administer ARVs.

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