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A dating service for HIV-positive people in Zimbabwe has made a successful start with its first couples having been matched up.
"There's an unspoken expectation that if you're single and you test positive, you're supposed to become celibate," the founder of the agency, Luta Shaba, told the BBC News website.
"I believe it's contributing to continued infection, because if you know that disclosing your status will cause the other person to leave you, the chances are that you won't disclose.
"A lot of people have shown interest in what I'm doing and my clients have made it very clear that they are happy that someone has started this service." Divide Highly publicised campaigns have been running over the past five years to encourage people to undertake HIV tests, in order to control the spread of the virus.
But there have been some unanswered questions as to how those who test positive should continue their lives.
"It's almost like an us and them, there's an assumption that you're negative, so go and get tested so that you can keep yourself safe from those positive people," said Shaba.
Dating agencies have not proved to be popular in Zimbabwe, but Shaba believes that they can work well for those with HIV.
"I think that dating services will be useful for HIV-positive people," she said."You can be introduced to dozens of people who all find you absolutely attractive, but it's that one factor that stops everything in its tracks." The dating service takes its name from a popular song by Tanga Wekwa Sando, Hapana Asina Wake, meaning there is no-one without that special someone in their life."It's very pertinent, the risk of giving up and telling yourself that no-one will ever love me is real."I challenged the last date that I had who left me when I disclosed my status."I asked him whether he would have been comfortable having sexual relations with me using a condom, had I not disclosed."He said yes, he would have, so I asked him what the difference is in using a condom to prevent HIV transmission when you know the person's status." Besides the use of anti-retroviral drugs, a positive mental outlook and enjoyment of life is an important factor in extending the lifespan of a person who has the virus.