HIV Prevention for Drugs Users

Speeches Shim

Kenya has an estimated 1.5 million people living with HIV.  The HIV epidemic is concentrated among key populations, including people who use and inject drugs (PWU/ID).  There are an estimated 27,014 PWU/ID in Kenya, with an HIV prevalence of 18 percent compared to 4.9 percent in the general population.  In 2008, about 3.8 percent of all new adult infections were attributed to injecting drugs.  With little access to health services and poor adherence to treatment, mortality among PWU/ID was high.  

In 2014, Kenya’s Ministry of Health with technical assistance from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and financial support from the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief through USAID initiated an HIV combination prevention, treatment, and care program with the goal of reducing HIV infections and deaths among PWU/ID in Kenya by enhancing access to comprehensive HIV prevention care and support.

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Friday, March 12, 2021 - 2:45pm

Last updated: March 18, 2021