HIV partner notification is a voluntary process where trained health workers, including lay providers, ask people diagnosed with HIV about their sexual partners or drug injecting partners, and with the consent of the HIV-positive client, offer these partners voluntary HIV testing. Partner notification is provided using passive or assisted approaches.
LVCT Health was first in peer led HIV programs for the Disabled
In 2002, LVCT Health pioneered Kenya’s first three HIV Testing and Counselling (HTC) sites for the deaf where services were provided in Kenyan Sign Language – an initiative that earned the organization the International AIDS Society (IAS) Young Innovative Investigator Award 2006 at the International AIDS Conference in Bangkok, Thailand.
Pioneered the first deaf focused Voluntary Counseling and Testing for HIV/AIDS sites in Kenya and the East African region. We initiated a national Deaf Mobile HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC) campaign in Kenya (2009) that saw over 500 Mobile HIV Testing and Counseling sites, targeting PWDs and conducted the establishment of support groups for persons with disability.
LVCT Health has trained over 1,200 hearing HIV and sexual reproductive health service providers on basic Kenya Sign Language (KSL). Hearing counselors have been trained in basic Kenya Sign Language (KSL) and a job aid developed to assist health care workers in communicating with the deaf through LVCT Health’s Training Institute (hyperlink to the Training Institute) HIV information, education and communication materials for the blind have been produced in both Braille and audio. Building capacity of over 300 national and county based organizations for persons with disability and played a key role to ensure inclusion of disability issues into Kenya National AIDS Strategic Plan (KNASP).