MP urges 'stop multiple sex affairs', Times launch policy

Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on HIV and AIDS, Rabson Shawa, has urged Malawians to stop having multiple concurrent partners to “ensure that we have an HIV free generation.”

Shaba said on Thursday in parliament that multiple and concurrent sexual partnerships are a leading source of new HIV infections in the country.

“We need to encourage each other to love our partners, testing before marriage and counselling (couples) as part of the strategies that will reduce the alarming trend,” Shaba said.

The parliamentarian also called for continued promotion of condom use alongside the promotion of abstinence.

Malawian student Mercy Khowoya says “HIV and AIDS is real – if you can’t abstain then don’t be ashamed to use a condom.” Photo by Katie Lin.

Getting to zero

Thursday was World Aids Day.  The day was celebrated under the theme “Getting to Zero-Zero New HIV infections, Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS related Deaths”

Most Member of Parliament was seen wearing red ribbons in recognition of the day.

As part of a goal to achieve “an AIDS-free generation,” some lawmakers were discussing informally to encourage men in their constituencies regardless of their age to go for circumcision.

Circumcision is believed to be an effective means of preventing contracting HIV through sexual intercourse but medical experts say it is only effective when used with other preventative measures.

Times Aids policy

In another development, the country press giant, the Times Group on Thursday launched an HIV and Aids workplace policy to fight the pandemic in the company.

According to a report in Daily Times, Financial Controller Veronica Marikina, said it is high time the company reduces the rate of employee deaths happening due to the pandemic.

“We have seen through the years that we have been losing staff members to HIV and Aids related diseases. In the past it was a taboo to talk about it, but today it is not. You are either infected or affected,” Masikini is quoted saying.

Times Group titles include The Daily Times, Malawi News, Weekend Times, The Sunday Times and Lifestyle Magazine.

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