HIV infections up 18% in Zambia

2009-12-01 10:26

THE number of new HIV infections in Zambia is expected to jump by

18% compared to two years ago, the National Aids Council said today.

Most of the infections are among people who have sex outside of

their regular relationship, council chairperson Joshua Banda said at an event to

mark World Aids Day.

“An estimated 82?700 Zambians will become newly infected with HIV

this year, up from just more than 70?000 in 2007,” Banda said.

“As many as 71 out of every 100 new infections occur as a result of

sex with a non-regular partner, while people who are reported having only one

sexual partner accounted for around 21% of the new infections,” he said.

“This shows significant HIV risk even for those who are faithful,”

Banda added.

Zambia has about 12?million people and 15.2% of adults have HIV,

according to the UN Aids agency.

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