HARARE – David Parirenyatwa, the Health and Child Welfare Minister, has said that the sharp rise in sexually transmitted diseases is an indication that people are no longer taking HIV and Aids seriously.
Parirenyatwa told delegates at Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) last week during the Fund-A-Future dinner organised by Miss Carnival Queen, that people were now indulging in unprotected sex.
“We have to recognise that HIV/Aids was discovered in 1985 and it is still there,” Parirenyatwa said.
“People have relaxed because they see themselves well now because of ARVs.
“We have to get back to the prevention measures which we used during the discovery of this pandemic.”
He said the infection toll was rising every day mostly in universities and colleges.
“We are having problems at institutions of higher and tertiary education where our children indulge in early sex practices,” Parirenyatwa said.
“I urge parents to educate their children so that they delay to be sexually active.