TALC recommends PREP intervention in Zambia

By Jubiel Zulu in Lusaka, Zambia

Treatment Advocacy and literacy campaign (TALC) has expressed happiness with the move taken by government through the ministry of Health(MOH) that adopted PREP use in Zambia.

 

The national Director of Treatment Advocacy and Literacy Campaign (TALC) Felix Mwanza says Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PREP) is an intervention where people at very high risk for HIV infection take HIV medicines daily to lower their chances of getting infected with the virus.

Government through the ministry of health has adopted the World Health Organisation (Who) guide lines to Zambia’s national guidelines in access to PREP prevention medicine.

Mr. Mwanza says many people who are at risk of being infected includes, sex workers and sexually active individuals.

He says it is now time for the government and responsible NGOs to work together in creating an awareness  platform conducive for the Zambian people.

Daily PREP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex almost 90% compared to people who are injected with drugs standing at 70% prevention.

Mr Mwanza says PREP can be combined with condoms and other prevention methods a process called HIV combination prevention.

He has urged all relevant authorities to make the interventions  available to all the Zambian people.