inistry of Health and Child Care will start rolling out HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) after the pilot project was successful in selected districts in Masvingo Province.
PrEP is an Anti-Retroviral (ARV) drug which is taken by HIV negative individuals who believe they are at high risk of getting infected with the HIV virus.
The drug should be taken seven days before the actual se_xual encounter and is recommended for married couples and discordant couples, the drug should also be taken daily.
National Aids Council Masvingo Province Provincial Manager, Edgar Muzulu confirmed that the health experts had seen it fit that the programme be rolled out across the country following its success in Masvingo.
“We are excited to announce that after a successful pilot project of rolling out PrEP in selected districts in Masvingo Province, we are now ready to start rolling out the programme to the rest of the country and this will begin in 2019,” said Muzulu.
He said they were working closely with the Health Ministry to ensure smooth commencement of the programme.
PrEp is expected to be rolled out across the country at the beginning of next year, according to officials.
PrEP provides up to 90 percent protection against HIV.