4th May 2017, will go down as one of the most important day in the history of Kenya in the war against HIV/AIDS, Kenya became the first country in the world to launch HIV self-testing operational guidelines. This was accompanied with the blood and oral HIV self-testing kits. The two testing kits will be available in the local chemists in a month`s time. 

These kits will allow more people to know their HIV status at their convenience and in privacy. It will also ensure that the more than 500,000 people who are HIV positive and not aware of their status are identified and put on care and treatment. 

Simultaneously, the country launched the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) implementation framework for service delivery of PrEP , setting the stage for the availability of PrEP in health facilities in the country.  PrEP is a drug that aims to prevent HIV and reduce the rate of new HIV infections in Kenya. 

The PrEP initiative comes after immense clinical works and demonstration projects, including the LVCT Health IPCP Project,  which continues to share lessons and guidance of PrEP roll-out. 

PrEP will be made available to HIV negative people, who are at high risk of HIV infection, especially discordant couples who contribute to almost half of the new HIV infections in Kenya. These two initiatives are major milestones in HIV prevention in Kenya.

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