HIV Testing

Kenya continues to struggle with the HIV epidemic with the aim of reducing new infections and the prevalence levels in the country. The Kenya AIDS indicator Survey (2012) shows that there are about 1.2 million people living with HIV in the country. Prevalence among adults aged 15 to 64 years is 5.6% and 0.9% among children aged 18 months to 14 years. An estimated 104,000 children are also infected with HIV in the country.

There are however disparities in the prevalence based on regions and sections of populations. According to the Kenya HIV estimates report (2014) Homabay County has the higest prevalence at 25.7 and Wajir County the lowest at 0.2%.  The same report shows that HIV prevalence among young females aged 15-24 years was higher (2.7%) than that of males in the same age group (1.7%). Variations in the new infections also exist across the counties, populations and gender.

What we do

LVCT Health pilots innovative approaches towards delivering quality HTC services to reach a wide coverage of the general population and the vulnerable populations. Through own managed standalone sites and support to the health facilities, LVCT Health contributed directly to provision of HTC to 1.2 Million Kenyans in 2013 and 8.2 Million cumulatively since 2000.

Different approaches are utilized to achieve a wide coverage of the population and reach specific populations which include; standalone VCT sites, Home Based Testing and Counseling (HBTC), Mobile Outreach (MHTC), work place and facility based Provider Initiated Testing and Counseling (PITC).

Tailored mobilization strategies are utilized to create demand for the services for the general population and specific populations, including IEC materials, mass mobilization through public address (PA), peer-led mobilization and influential personalities in the society/community. Other services such as TB screening, assessment of family planning needs, alcohol and drug abuse assessment, cervical cancer screening, are integrated with HTC to maximize on opportunities for quality health outcomes. All clients with post-test referral needs are linked appropriately and followed up to ensure they access the services.

 

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