Shortage of Lubricants; Syphilis Treatment Hits Dedza

Gays and sex workers in Dedza have expressed worry over a shortage of lubricants and treatment for syphilis in hospitals, saying it is putting their lives in danger.

Speaking to Zodiak Online after an interface meeting with religious and health authorities on Wednesday, the concerned people said access to sexual and reproductive health services including HIV treatment is a challenge for them.

The meeting was organised by the Malawi Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Personally Affected by HIV and AIDS (MANERELA).

"When we go to the hospital to access services with our partners, some health workers ask us who is the woman between the two and they also start preaching to us instead of just providing the treatment; we do not like that," said Williard Chimoto.

Chairperson of sex workers in Dedza Alice Matambo described the shortage of syphilis treatment as a challenge.

“For several months now, there is no syphilis treatment in hospitals here, this is putting the lives of most sex workers in danger,” said Matambo.

Programs Officer for Manelera Harlod Kachepatsonga has asked the health authorities to create a conducive environment for all populations to access quality medical services and make sure all services are available in all hospitals.

Health authorities in Dedza are yet to comment on the matter.

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