One of the country’s non-governmental organizations has called on youths living with HIV/AIDS to observe strict adherence to treatment.
Officials from Innovations for Change made the remarks over the weekend at Kanjeza Primary School in Blantyre when the NGO held a sensitization event aimed at encouraging youths to go for HIV testing.
Its director Redson Chamveka said with funding from USAID, the organization is implementing the Pamodzi project targeting youths in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
"We are trying to encourage them (the youth) the importance of adhering to treatment," said Chamveka.
Chamveka revealed that there are plans to expand outreach programs to institutions of higher learning.
Speaking after getting tested, Caren Vwalika, a form four student from Nkolokosa Township advised fellow peers to go and get tested to know their status.
"Some youth sleep with older people for money, which increases the risks of contracting the virus," said Vwalika.
The event attracted youths from Limbe, Ndirande, Zingwangwa, Nkolokosa and Kanjeza townships who showcased different skills through drama, football and netball competitions.