Early sexual debut is correlated with increased risk of HIV infection for women. Women who were less than 16 when they had their first sexual intercourse are more than twice as likely to be HIV-positive as women who began having sex at a later age.
Poverty also predisposes girls to many social harms including, sexual exploitation and violence. One in every three girls is raped before the age of 18 yet; few young women have access to accurate HIV, sexuality and reproductive health information and services.
Through our one2one hotline (1190 short code), one2one website and social media platforms over 1.5 million youth are reached annually with credible information on reproductive health. The one2one Sanitary Pad Initiative (OSPI) also reaches young girls with sanitary pads and also avails credible information on reproductive health to girls aged 10-19. Over 5000 girls in rural and informal settlements in Machakos, Kajiado, Nairobi, Kiambu and Kisumu counties.
The One Child at Time (OCaT) aims at reducing vulnerability to sexual exploitation and acquisition of HIV by children aged between 10 and 17 years. Enrolled children are provided with HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC), referral and linkage for HIV Care and Treatment, Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), STI, screening and treatment services.
The children are also offered behavioral interventions such as Health Choices II (HC II), psychosocial support groups and OCaT clubs. Currently, 1,020 children; 854 girls and 166 boys have been enrolled into the program.