Socialite Pokello Nare is trending on social media after she attended popular businessman and Harare socialite, Tazvi Mhaka’s birthday celebrations held last weekend on a yacht in Cape Town, South Africa.
While the clique clearly had fun at the lavish party, social media users who watched them posting images decided to comment and share their views.
One Taka Chivore, in apparent reference to Pokello, posted: “Zim folk who say he’s my brother and those who say she’s my sister, we’re just friends. I just want to let you know we know that you’re bang***.
“If you hear them saying it’s my friend, just know they’re evading declaring their activities because they belong to someone else.”
The post definitely touched Pokello’s raw nerve and she responded saying: “Taka, the difference between our brothers and a brother like you is that they buy business class tickets for their sisters to travel and have a good time.
“I can’t blame you, your money is from shifts so you’ll never understand it. Womanisers, thieves, fraudsters also have people who’ve known them from day one and who love them regardless of their moral standing.”
She went all out and took a dig at Chivore’s manhood, something Chivore did not take lightly and responded by posting an image from Pokello’s sex tape with Stunner saying that was her only achievement.
Justifying Elikem’s absence at the party meant for “brothers and sisters” only as spouses are usually left behind, Pokello said her husband had given her the green light and would likely attend the next boat party as more are lined up.
“We’re not bothered and there’re three more yacht parties lined up. If our spouses are able to come, then they’ll definitely do so because they know and understand where we’re coming from with our brothers.”
THE National Aids Council (NAC) in Bulawayo has disclosed that few men volunteered to accompany their pregnant spouses for HIV tests during the first quarter of this year, thus exposing their partners to possible re-infection.
Health experts encourage men to jointly undergo HIV tests with their pregnant spouses to prevent Mother To Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT).
During the period under review, a total of 3 103 expecting mothers in Bulawayo underwent voluntary HIV tests as compared to 535 men who volunteered for the same tests.
The report goes further to show that the number of recorded sexually transmitted diseases among females than males has been on a steady rise since last year.
The report follows Bulawayo City Council’s move to scale up the male circumcision drive to reduce new STI and HIV infections. The country has since 2009 been targeting to circumcise 1,3 million men between 13 and 29 years by end of this year after researchers established that the procedure reduced the chances of contracting HIV by 60%.
The procedure also protects the female partner from getting infected by the human papilloma virus which causes cervical cancer.
AT least five in every 10 new HIV/Aids infections are among young women aged between 15 and 24, an official from World Education has said.
Speaking during a belated Mother’s Day Ladies’ Luncheon hosted by SOS Children`s Village at a Bulawayo hotel, World Education programmes coordinator Ms Banele Mandaza said young women have the highest incidence of HIV infection in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Ms Mandaza said women must educate their children about sexual intercourse to curb the increase of HIV/Aids in Zimbabwe.
“Gone are the days where you will wait for aunties to teach young girls about HIV/Aids. I understand that it is uncomfortable to talk about sex with your biological children but l think this is the time for women to educate their children. Do not leave it for teachers because teachers are chasing after school pass rates,” she said.
Less than 15% of young people are aware of their HIV status despite constituting the larger group of people who are dying from HIV and Aids-related illnesses, NewsDay has learnt.
Experts have said this is a result of a toxic brew of stigma, lack of access to health care, risky behaviours and too few young people being tested for HIV.
Addressing the Senate Thematic Committee on HIV and Aids, Sibusisiwe Marunda, who is the country director for Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI), said the grave situation needed urgent address from all stakeholders.
“Young people have not been able to access HIV services because the environment is not permissive. There is still a lot of stigma from the community as well as health facilities,” she said.
Although there are a number of open clinics with youth corners, these have not been utilised because the staff manning them remain judgmental and this drives away the adolescents.
THE World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the use of Depo-provera, the most common contraceptive in Matabeleland region, may increase women’s risk of contracting HIV by up to 50 percent.
WHO in its official website says for the past 25 years, there has been mixed evidence as to whether use of hormonal contraceptive methods is associated with a woman’s risk of acquiring HIV. Depo-provera, Jadelle, birth control pills and implants are included in the family of hormonal contraceptives.
However, Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) service delivery coordinator Ms Janet Godzi said though the risk has not been proven, combating HIV required the use of multiple strategies.
She said Depo-provera may be perceived as leading to HIV contraception because people who use it often engage in unprotected sex, knowing they will not fall pregnant.
“So far no study has proven that indeed using depo- provera increases the risk of contracting HIV but we have heard of cases where women engage in unprotected sex simply because they are on depo-provera,” said Ms Godzi.
AT LEAST 14% of Zimbabwean adults are HIV positive, with women being the worst affected, a 2016 household-based national survey by the Zimbabwe Population Based HIV Impact Assessment (Zimphia), has revealed.
The survey, conducted between October 2015 and August 2016, however, noted a decrease in HIV prevalence countrywide.
“Fourteen percent of Zimbabwean adults are HIV positive. HIV prevalence is higher among women (17%) than men (11%). HIV prevalence has decreased since 2005-06 and 2010-11,” the report read.
The survey which is the first to be conducted in the country to measure national HIV incidence and viral load suppression (VLS), was also meant to measure the status of Zimbabwe’s national HIV response.
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