A dating service for HIV-positive people in Zimbabwe has made a successful start with its first couples having been matched up.The agency, called Hapana, was launched two months ago and is challenging attitudes that society holds towards those living with the virus.
"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.
"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.
Shaba believes that loneliness and isolation makes it more difficult for people to live healthily with HIV.
"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.
"That's when I've seen everybody receiving flowers and I know I can't receive flowers because I'm HIV-positive because nobody wants to be with me.
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.