Sui­cide af­ter pos­i­tive HIV test

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Pa­tience Mut­siwi

A MAN from Gweru has com­mit­ted sui­cide af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for HIV.

Leeroy Dzviti (34) of Old As­cot sub­urb hanged him­self from a tree near a traf­fic cir­cle along Shu­rugwi Road which is pop­u­larly known as Senga round­about.

It is un­der­stood that Dzviti, a mo­tor me­chanic, tested HIV pos­i­tive last week and was in de­nial about his sta­tus.

Act­ing Mid­lands Po­lice Spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Ethel Muk­wende said Dzviti’s body was found hang­ing from a tree by the road­side along the Gweru-Shu­rugwi high­way in the early hours of yes­ter­day.

“I can con­firm that we’re in­ves­ti­gat­ing a case of sud­den death. A male adult was found hang­ing from a tree by the road­side along GweruShu­rugwi high­way in the wee hours of to­day (yes­ter­day).

“The body was dis­cov­ered by a passerby who alerted po­lice who then at­tended to the scene. The re­cov­ered body was taken to Gweru Provin­cial Hospi­tal for a post-mortem,” she said.

An HIV test re­sult slip, which was in Dzviti’s jacket pocket to­gether with his med­i­cal record book seen by The Chron­i­cle, con­firmed that he had tested HIV pos­i­tive.

When The Chron­i­cle vis­ited the scene at around 8AM, Dzviti’s body was still hang­ing from the tree.

Po­lice searched him and found a small ex­er­cise book with an HIV test re­sults slip in­side.

Dzviti’s friend who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity said the de­ceased stopped com­ing to work af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for HIV last week.

“Dzviti tested pos­i­tive for HIV last week and from then he stopped com­ing to work. He seemed to be stressed.

“He was sup­posed to start ART this week. I last saw him in town on Sun­day to­gether with my younger brother whom he was stay­ing with in As­cot,” said the friend.— @ patiemt­siwi.

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