Populations We Serve
Although HIV affects entire population in Kenya but are more vulnerable than others. These populations tend to have special needs and be hard to reach with social, legal and physiological barriers that increase their vulnerability to HIV. Vulnerable groups include sex workers, injectable drug users and men who have sex with men. Fully comprehending the HIV-related risks and vulnerabilities is challenging.
For many key populations – such as sex workers, men who have sex with men, and people who inject drugs – there is no clear understanding of the size and distribution of these groups, as these groups are socially marginalized and subject to criminal penalties for engaging in the behaviours that define them for epidemiological purposes, it has often been difficult to conduct relevant studies to quantify HIV prevalence or identify key factors associated with increased risk of infection.
What we do
LVCT Health proactively utilises a participatory and peer led approach to implement targeted programmes to meet the sexual and reproductive health and HIV needs of these populations. We not only provide direct HIV testing, counselling and care to them, but also carry out research to identify gaps in addressing their vulnerabilities and advocate for necessary policy reforms.
LVCT Health provides technical support to government and works to build up the capacity of civil society organisations working with and representing them and capacity for self advancement among key populations who include youth, fisher folk, men who have sex with men, sex workers, truck drivers, injectable drug users and people with disabilities.