HIV Care and Treatment
Annually, Kenya loses up to 65,000 lives to AIDS, a figure that could be cut by more than half if more people were able to get tested and begin to receive treatment. Though there is currently no cure for AIDS, people with HIV can still live long and healthy lives with access to treatment. Since HIV was first reported substantial progress in the research and development of antiretroviral drugs has been made.
Antiretroviral therapy is the main mode of management for HIV or AIDS and can stop people living with HIV from becoming ill for many years. The treatment consists of drugs that have to be taken every day for the rest of a person’s life.
The aim of the antiretroviral treatment is to keep the amount of HIV in the body at a low level. This stops any further weakening of the immune system and allows it to recover from the damage that HIV might have already caused. The therapy can slow the growth of the HIV virus or stop it from making copies of itself, though not entirely eliminate it from the body.
What we do
LVCT Health pioneered the model of voluntary testing and counseling, the cornerstone of HIV and AIDS prevention and management efforts, and is today the largest non‐government provider of VCT services in Kenya, accounting for nearly a fifth of all HIV testing and counseling services offered in Kenya.
Focusing on vulnerable populations, LVCT Health links testing for HIV to care and treatment and annually offers services to nearly 1.6 million Kenyans including children, youth, couples, men who have sex with men, sex workers, persons with disabilities and prison inmates. LVCT Health clinics are currently providing regular life prolonging anti-viral therapy, including drugs and laboratory services, directly to over 40,000 persons living with HIV across the country.
We have also provided grants and capacity building technical assistance to more than 70 organizations in Kenya and across Africa, to enable them deliver a broad range of HIV and AIDS, family planning and reproductive health services to youth, key populations and the general public. Between 2009 and 2013, these grants totaled over Kshs 400M.