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Loveless Love Affairs
Transactional sex is not sex work but refers to non-marital, non-commercial sexual relationships motivated by an implicit assumption that sex will be exchanged for material support or other benefits. Most women and men involved in transactional sex relationships consider themselves as partners or lovers rather than sellers or buyers. Conflating transactional sex and sex work in intervention design and funding may be counterproductive, as interventions designed for sex workers will not reach people engaged in transactional sex.
In 20 minutes, you can test yourself for HIV at home
Knowing your HIV status can lead to earlier treatment and prevent sickness. Many people have approached me asking how one can tell if “they have HIV”. I am always taken aback by such questions. Like, what? In 2022? Really? Anyway, the answer is simple. Unlike yester years where certain symptoms pointed to this and that, recently many diseases have similar symptoms, like we saw with COVID-19 presenting flu-like symptoms. It usually isn’t easy to tell whether one has simple flu or it is COVID-19. This therefore makes it very difficult to tell whether it is this disease and not the other. Which is why the only way to find out whether you are HIV positive or not, is to take an HIV test. The same way we take a COVID test to allay fears and clear all suspicion.
Promoting integration of HIV prevention and SRH to better serve women and girls
Last year the Eswatini HIV Recent Incidence Surveillance (EHRIS), gave alarming results about 10 Tinkhundla which had the highest increase in new HIV infections. This became a cause for concern for the multisectoral HIV response as new infections were higher among adolescent girls and young women. Without a doubt, this means this population is engaging in unprotected sex thereby posing a huge risk to HIV acquisition.
The Connection between TB and HIV
The week has been an eventful one where we celebrated World TB Day and spread messages around the importance of ensuring fast tracked Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) and Tuberculosis (TB) treatment in people living with HIV because, this ultimately saves lives.
WORLD TUBERCULOSIS DAY
Each year, the world commemorates World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on March 24 to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of TB, and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic.
Supporting Someone Living with HIV
…… Having a solid understanding of HIV is essential in supporting your loved one. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been discussing and delving deep into the issue of self-acceptance about your HIV status which is highly beneficial in gaining the necessary confidence to disclose your HIV status to your partner.
FOCUS ON THE FIGHT AGAINST AIDS, NOT THE FRIGHT Sibhekene ngco! ne AIDS, asiyesabi
NERCHA Council, Management, Staff and all stakeholders in the national multisectoral HIV Response, send profound gratitude to His Majesty King Mswati III for the speech from the Throne delivered during the state opening of the 4th session of the 11th Parliament on Friday 4th February 2022. Bayethe Wena Waphakathi!
STATEMENT ON ZERO DISCRIMINATION DAY – 1st MARCH
Breaking down HIV stigma is a critical part of ending the HIV epidemic. THEME: Remove laws that harm, create laws that empower
International Condom Day to put "FUN BACK IN SAFER SEX"
AHF in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, NERCHA, UNFPA, PSI Eswatini to activate AHF’s fun and informative International Condom Day on Saturday February 15th at the George Hotel Gardens, to promote HIV and STIs prevention and healthy lifestyle choices under the theme “Safer is Fun.”
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