Acting Kaputa District Commissioner, Alick Kampamba says it is therefore important for couples to go for Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) to prevent the transmission of the disease.
Mr. Kampamba explained that such statistics have shown that HIV/AIDS is not only for high risk groups but can be found everywhere.
He said knowing one’s HIV/AIDS status will not only help people to stop the spread of the epidemic but also help people to live positive and access care and treatment.
The Acting D.C said this in a speech read on his behalf by Kaputa District Agricultural Coordinator, Innocent Mulauzi at the rescheduled commemoration of the VCT Day in Kaputa, yesterday.
The DC has since encouraged Kaputa residents to go for VCT as it will be one of maintaining the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate.
And Acting Kaputa District Medical Officer, Maximo Chilopa said inconsistent condom use and having multiple partners whose HIV status is unknown are some of the notable drivers of HIV and AIDS in Kaputa.
Mr. Chilopa said his office has noted these drivers and has put interventions which include the ambitious campaign to test people for HIV.
He added that Kaputa district has also developed an effective treatment for HIV and other ways of preventing the transmission of the disease.
Meanwhile, the Network of Zambian Living with HIV/AIDS (NZP+) Kaputa Branch Chairperson, Noah Kaoma has noted with sadness that there are people in Kaputa who are living with the epidemic but have gone a drive to infect others with the disease.
Mr. Kaoma who gave a public testimony of his HIV status warned such persons to desist stating that it is not good to infect others.
This year’s VCT day was held under the theme; Universal Access to HIV to Annual HIV Counselling, Testing, care and support.