LVCT health hosts experts to discuss HIV and GBV dual epidemic in Kenya

LVCT Health will on Wednesday, 31st May 2017 between 8-10am, convene a satellite session dubbed ‘Addressing the HIV AND GBV dual epidemic in KENYA’ during this year’s 4th Maisha HIV and AIDS conference.

This session will bring together researchers, technical experts and health services providers who work in both HIV and GBV field to: discuss the impact of GBV on the uptake and retention of HIV services in Kenya; explore the evidence, gaps in the evidence, challenges and opportunities to implementing GBV programmes within the HIV response and discuss identify opportunities to apply evidence based practices that integrate GBV and HIV. 

Despite widespread provision of HIV services in Kenya, a number of barriers to testing, linkage and care remain, undermining the potential for epidemic control.  There is evidence that Violence against women is an indirect factor for increased HIV risk, and a barrier to uptake of HIV services, poor treatment adherence and response, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, where the epidemics overlap. 

Sexual violence is a known direct risk factor for HIV transmission both in children and adults. In the background of a high HIV epidemic in Kenya and recognising the higher prevalence of infection among women, the importance of developing harmonized and integrated policies and standards that provide guidance on the integration of GBV and HIV services cannot be overemphasized.

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