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Since the first report of the HIV case in Zambia in 1985, the country has seen its dark days and days of great achievements in the diagnosis, awareness and management of the pandemic.
In recent years, We are having about 28,000 new HIV cases in adults living in Zambia every year, this accounts for 0.31% of the population . However, there are more new cases of HIV among women accounting for 13.9% every year compared to men who stand at 8.0% every year
In the case of our country, 30.5% of women between 45 and 49 years are living with HIV and 1.9% of women between 15 and 19. Similarly, 28.8% of men between 50 and 54 are living with HIV and 1.8% of men between 20 and 24.
Geographically, the highest prevalence of HIV is in Lusaka province, accounting for 14.4% and the lowest is in Northern province accounting for 5.8%.
It is important to note that through the collaborative efforts of the government of the republic of Zambia and cooperative partners, Zambia has made many strides as far as bringing the pandemic under control is concerned.
Currently, 89% of the population have tested for HIV, 98% are already on treatment and 96% have achieved viral suppletion
On the 15th of August, the Residents Doctors Association of Zambia (RDAZ) joined the rest of the country in commemoration of the HIV testing, counseling and treatment day through its southern province branch under the theme YOUNG PEOPLE MAKE A DIFFERENCE, TEST FOR HIV. This was in an effort to improve on the number of people who know their status, improve the understanding of the pandemic to those living with HIV and those not living with HIV and explain to them the importance of adherence as well as viral suppletion.
As RDAZ, we are encouraging our citizens to test for HIV and if found with HIV to start treatment as soon as possible and achieve viral suppletion.
For God and Country.

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