Friday Simbaya of the IPP Media recieved the Directors comments.
``Iringa Region has a 14.7 per cent HIV prevalence rate, the highest, followed by Mbeya and Dar es Salaam regions,`` she said..
She said poverty caused young girls and women to engage in casual sex.
``Poverty has direct and indirect consequences on the increase of HIV/Aids infections among girls and women,`` Mmbando said.
Other factors included inheriting widows, unprotected sex and alcohol abuse.
The director said a total of 26,317 people went for voluntary counselling and testing between January and November, this year,10,565 of whom were male and 15,752 female
``Out of the total, 3,775 tested HIV-positive, equivalent to 14.3 per cent,`` she said.