The National Aids council (NAC) has identified the hotspots of HIV in Bulawayo. The city itself ia also considered an HIV hotspot as it has an 18,7 percent prevalence rate compared to the national average of 14,6.
According to the World Health Organisation, an HIV and Aids hotspot is a geographical area or location with evidence of a high prevalence of HIV, STIs or behaviours that put people at risk of acquiring HIV infection.
The areas identified as hotspots by NAC include:
Sidojiwe Flats, Burombo Flats, Makokoba suburb and Old Pumula suburb as well as Mbundane
Cowdray Park’s new stands and Pumula South and squatter camps like Ngozi Mine and one near Killarney
Sports bars with booking houses in Emakhandeni, Magwegwe and Cowdray Park
Nac Bulawayo provincial Aids coordinator Mrs Sinatra Nyathi said:
Streets like Samuel Parirenyatwa and places like Esibayeni and Marisha are also hotspots where even teenage sex workers thrive.Guardrooms, and lodges around the city have also been offered to sex workers at night