Chama District in Eastern Province has witnessed a surge in the number of HIV/AIDS infections.
Chama District HIV/AIDS Co-ordination Advisor Daniel Thole has attributed this to the mushrooming of guest houses some of which are being used as brothels.
Mr. Thole said the situation has been compounded by an influx of businessmen and women that have thronged the area to trade in rice and other commodities.
He said young people between the age of 15 to 35 years old have fallen prey to the traders who offer colossal sums of money for casual sex.
Mr. Thole told ZANIS in an interview that this has subsequently resulted into a rise in the number of young and productive people dying from the pandemic.
He however said the Chama District HIV/AIDS Co-ordination Advisor has embarked on a vigorous sensitization campaign to educate the people in the area on the dangers of HIV/AIDS.
Mr. Thole has since appealed to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS to extend their services to rural parts of the country in a bid to clamp down on the disease.