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NGOs Shift To Night Testing And Counselling For STDs, HIV/AIDs Over Stigma


Two Non-Government Organizations are set to pitch camp in various areas in Nairobi to conduct moonlight voluntary counselling and testing for HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Young Men as Equal Partners (YMEP) and Hope World Wide Kenya (HWWK) will for conduct the testing in Kawangware, Riruta and Kibera areas.

The moonlight testing and counseling is in a bid to curb stigma among the target groups especially the youth.

According to the project project manager Margret Kibe the idea of moonlight voluntary counseling and test for the sexually transmitted diseases was introduced because many people especially young people and those with signs and symptoms of HIV and related STDs were shunning to go for text because of the stigma.

“Moonlight VCT is basically a test and counseling session for the night population, normally conducted at night in a different set up, usually with the aim to curb stigma, and maintain confidentiality”, Kibe said.


According to Kibe the two organizations are targeting the youth aged 15 to 35 years for early detection and treatment.

“We are a youth centered organization but we have no boundary on matter health, we take care of people even those above 35years, we offer earlier medical interventions and also give social and emotional support to the affected families,” Margret added.

Among other activities the organizations will conduct is to train the key population like bar attendants, DJs and commercial sex workers as peer educators.

Project coordinator Evans Nginge has also lauded the all members of the community not within the bracket of target group for taking  chance to know their HIV/AIDS status and trained as peer educators and ambassadors.

“We encourage all members of Laini Saba for turning up for the moonlight test,all are welcomed for test, it is not for sex workers and bar attendants,though they are at top of our priority list,” Said Nginge