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Harare: SAfAIDS, 2015

Zimbabwe has made a lot of progress in addressing HIV. Since 2005, the new HIV infection rate has dropped from 1 in every four adults to 1 in every seven adults; but there is still a lot of work to be done.

1. In Zimbabwe, 110,000 young people aged 10-19 years old were estimated to be living with HIV in 2013 (UNICEF 2014).
2. In the same year, 9,000 children aged 0-14 were newly infected with HIV in Zimbabwe, nine in every ten of whom were exposed to HIV infection at, or soon after birth, through mother to child transmission (UNICEF 2014).

Oxfam supports all young social change leaders in the global effort to improve health and overcome poverty. Oxfam’s Securing Rights in the context of HIV and AIDS Programme (SRP) in Zimbabwe aims to reduce the spread of HIV by supporting communities to access their rights to prevention, quality treatment, care, support and sustainable livelihoods. As part of the SRP, a research study carried out between November 2014 and February 2015, identified disclosure as a significant barrier to securing young people’s rights. Over 200 young positive people aged 10–24 years from Midlands, Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South and Bulawayo shared their experiences through group discussion, letters and interviews. The voices of their caregivers are also included.