New HIV testing initiative in Kenya:
This article was originally published in Clinica
In order to increase HIV testing and awareness by voluntary counselling and testing services (VCTs), Kenya's education ministry has launched the first part of a three-phase plan to provide VCT services throughout its departments and learning institutions. Kenya's vice-president, Moody Awori, said that VCTs have played a "major role" in reducing the prevalence of HIV in the country, but that there was still "a way to go". "Despite the increased accessibility of VCTs, only 15% of Kenyans are aware of their HIV status," he said. According to UNAIDS, Kenya, which has over 350 registered VCT sites, has 1.2 million HIV sufferers, with a prevalence of 9% in adult women and 5% in adult men.
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