Friday, March 1, 2024

Zambia To Offer Injectable PrEP For HIV Prevention

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Zambia has become the first country in Africa to offer an injectable pre-exposure prophylaxis medicine for HIV prevention.

Injectable PrEP is a safe and effective HIV prevention tool that provides clients with two months of HIV protection between injections.

Cabotegravir Long-Acting for HIV prevention is now being offered outside of a study setting.

The United States government has delivered the first shipment of injectable pre-exposure prophylaxis medicine for HIV prevention to Zambia.

The donation includes 14,850 vials of injectable PrEP, called Cabotegravir Long-Acting (CAB-LA), to Zambia’s Ministry of Health, which will protect at least 2,000 Zambians against HIV for one year.

Health Minister Sylvia Masebo says the impact of the donation extends beyond the vials received, as it represents hope, progress, and a collective determination to create a healthier and brighter future for Zambians.

Ms. Masebo made these remarks during the launch at Mwanjuni Health Post, a facility in Chibombo district supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Ryan Phelps, Country Chair for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), emphasized the importance of people at risk of acquiring HIV choosing the HIV prevention method that works best for them and fits into their lifestyle.

The U.S. government is the largest donor to Zambia’s health sector, providing services to more than 15 million Zambians and contributing roughly one in every three kwacha spent nationally on public healthcare.

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  1. This work was spearheaded by the former minister of health under pf government. Meanwhile menopausal masebo is getting all the credit. She needs this injection more than anyone else

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    • They will just stock them and will expire like covid vaccine.
      All MPs needs this vaccine. I used to spend time at Parliament Hostels near ZNBC in your Lusaka, that place is legal brothel.

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  2. Has anyone ever wondered why the US are so focused on our military and our health? These people are even preserving their bombs on us because the cost of dropping them on our soil would be regarded as a waste. Instead they want us to self destruct so that they can walk in and out freely without noise makers. Awe I think these people mixed the colours of good and evil to deceive the world.

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  3. What we need is “an injectable pre-exposure prophylaxis medicine for Cholera prevention. Perhaps also an “an injectable pre-exposure prophylaxis medicine for PhD prevention by State House-sorry Community House. Also “an injectable pre-exposure prophylaxis medicine for prevention of illegal border crossing by the likes of Kambwili”.
    HIV is no longer the terror it was in the 90s. Lets get our priorities right.

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