MSU students spread AIDS in Zimbabwe, says National Aids Council

Midlands State University (MSU) students’ reckless sexual behaviour has been singled out as the major driver of the sharp increase in the province’s HIV prevalence that shot up from last year’s 20 to 23 percent this year.

Speaking to Midlands medical practitioners and district administrators during the official launch of the Southern African Aids Trust’s (SAAT) strategic plan for 2015-18, National Aids Council Midlands provincial co-ordinator, Mr Mambewu Shumba, said HIV prevalence rate shot up due to the “generous” sexual behaviour of the students at MSU.
According to official figures, MSU has an enrolment of 23 000 students and the figure has been surging steadily. Mr Shumba said the emergence of sugar daddies and mummies who had descended on the institution, had also fed into the upsurge in HIV prevalence.

“MSU has brought about a new sexual behaviour change in Gweru. We are now seeing old people engaging in sexual relationships with students at the college and that had been attributed to the rise in HIV prevalence rate,” he said. Mr Shumba said Gweru recorded 6 727 sexually transmitted infections cases this year, up from 5 814 in 2013.
However, MSU acting director of information and public relations Ms Mirirai Mawere, disputed that the university was the major contributor of the increase in HIV prevalence in Gweru. “We need to know how they came up with such a conclusion.
If it is a research, we need to see it. As far as I am concerned, there is nothing like that. You need to put your questions in writing so that I respond accordingly,” said Ms Mawere.

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