An eleven-year old girl of Livingstone who was repeatedly defiled by her biological father at the age of four and infected with HIV has urged parents to be open about their children’s status early in life.
Giving a testimony during the World AIDS Day Eve candlelight service, the teary young girl told the congregation that her status was kept a secret from her and she only discovered when she went for voluntary counselling and testing on her own.
She said discovering her status earlier this year has been difficulty for her to accept.
And Southern Province Minister Edify Hamukale has urged the Ministry of Health and partners in the fight against HIV to also target the clergy in HIV messages.
Dr Hamukale said this earlier when Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary for Technical Services Jabbin Mulwanda paid a courtesy call on him in Livingstone.
He said some clergy are sexually abusive Church members in the pretext of exorcising demons.
Dr Hamukale noted that the clergy must be targeted because some are shy to access treatment services for fear of what people will say.
And Dr Mulwanda said there is need for stakeholders in the fight against HIV and AIDS not to be complacent but put all resources together to complete the fight.