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About one in five Zimbabweans is infected, the United Nations says. One common perception is that single people who are HIV positive should no longer be involved in sexual relationships.

"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.

Dating "So I'm saying we don't have to be alone, let's be honest with each other that we need to be in relationships, and let's give each other companionship.

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HIV can be transmitted via the exchange of a variety of body fluids from infected individuals, such as blood, breast milk, semen and vaginal secretions.

Individuals cannot become infected through ordinary day-to-day contact such as kissing, hugging, shaking hands, or sharing personal objects, food or water.

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.

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) targets the immune system and weakens people's defence systems against infections and some types of cancer.

As the virus destroys and impairs the function of immune cells, infected individuals gradually become immunodeficient.

"If I can pair up just 10 people a month and they spend time together at the weekend or go for coffee, then I'd be the happiest woman around." Shaba has also written a book, Secrets of a Woman's Soul, which tells of her relationship with her mother, who died of an Aids-related disease.

She hopes to send girls orphaned by Aids to university with funds raised from the book.

"There's a perception that HIV-positive people are lethal, so there's a fear of being intimate with them," said Shaba "I can be on ARVs and be part of a support group, but you really have to deal with the reality of HIV and Aids at midnight on Valentine's Day.

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