The National AIDS Commission (NAC) expressed concern over false and misleading information circulating on social media platforms and recently published research results, which indicated that 35% of university students public are living with HIV.
In a public statement released Thursday and signed by the Commission’s General Services and Public Relations Officer, Karen Iron Msiska, said they had not conducted any research in the recent past; therefore, everything circulating on social media is false.
Msiska states that the only recent and accurate statistics on HIV and AIDS can be found in the 2021 HIV epidemiological estimates for Malawi, covering the period up to December 2020.
âA snapshot of these estimates shows that 28% of all new HIV infections (including children) and 33% of new HIV infections in adults (15 years and older) are among adolescent girls and young women aged 15. at 24 years old. These statistics were published in local media as soon as they were published in July 2021 and are available on the NAC website, âthe statement read.
Msiska has since warned that the dissemination of false, misleading or inaccurate information about HIV and AIDS is a criminal offense punishable by law under Article 25 of Law No. 9 of 2018 on HIV and AIDS ( prevention and management).
The provision states that anyone found guilty of an offense will be liable to a fine of K 5 million and imprisonment for five years in the case of an individual and K 10 million in the case of an individual. of a legal person (institution).
Meanwhile, the Commission encouraged the public to verify any information on HIV and AIDS with NAC before releasing it.
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