Speaking to The Chronicle, National Aids Council (Nac) coordinator Mr Murari Hwingwiri said Gweru has 3 500 self-confessed prostitutes and up to 60 percent of them are HIV positive.
The figures are quite disturbing if we look at the national statistics, only 15 percent of the prostitutes on our national database are HIV positive. In Gweru between 55 to 60 percent of the 3 500 ladies of the night on our database are HIV positive. As Nac we are still looking for the reasons why the numbers of sex workers living positively are still so high in Gweru unlike other cities.
He urged men to go for HIV testing as most of them are still shunning HIV and testing services as compared to women.