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.

Related terms​

Synonyms for gwembe
Muzvezve​
Shuramatogo​
Mukondombera​
Huzanguku​
Guruzuzu​
Mukondazi (slang for mukondombera)​
Heniri weChishanu (slang for HIV only)​
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