in chiShona slang, means either HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) or AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) even though there is a difference between the two.
For instance, it depends on the context in which the word itself is used, and that is to say, if a person uses the word gwembe with a serious tone then in that particular case they will likely be talking about AIDS. This is because, from a medical perspective, untreated HIV will progressively become AIDS in a couple of years.
Note: The formal meaning of gwembe in chiShona language is "scabs" i.e., the crusting of the skin.
|Synonyms for gwembe|
Mukondazi (slang for mukondombera)
Heniri weChishanu (slang for HIV only)