KITWE district has recorded an increase in new HIV infections among adolescent girls with 383 cases between April and September this year as compared to 98 cases recorded in the same period.
The most affected adolescent girls are aged between 20 and 24 years and those aged between 15 and 19 years.
The district health office, through the department of adolescents, made the revelation during a technical working meeting in Kitwe.
District adolescent coordinator Dorothy Chimfwembe attributed the increase in new infections to low condom usage.
Ms Chimfwembe said most adolescents prefer to have live sex as opposed to protecting themselves through the use of condoms.
“There is reduced usage of condoms among adolescents which is in turn leading to new and increased HIV infections .
Credit : Zambia Daily mail