Persons Living with HIV/AIDS now want the government to address the current shortage of HIV Pre and Post Exposure Prophylaxis drugs popularly known as PREPs and PEPs.
Led by activist Erick Okioma the PLHIVs say there is also a shortage of viral load test kits in most public hospitals.
Their revelations, come against a backdrop of reports by the Ministry of Health that Kenya is experiencing a shortage of condoms.
“We are also experiencing a shortage of viral load test kits together with peps and preps in most public hospitals not condoms alone. This has put our lives at risk because we don’t get tested when we visit the clinic to pick our doses”, said Okioma.
According to Okioma lack of the viral load test kits will make it hard for them to achieve the undetectable equals (U=U).
Meanwhile Sharon Obilo who is also a health advocate in Kisumu East wants the government to introduce health education in school or employ health experts to talk to the teenagers to reduce teenage pregnancies.
“If we want to do away with teenage pregnancy, we just have to access school because this is where most youths are. Their timetable is fixed and to share these information with them, then it has to be included in their curriculum,” Sharon says.
Sharon cries that activists are also not allowed to access school unless one starts from the ministry of health for approval. Shs this also take quite a lot of time.
“Let the government give us chance too to visit these youth in their various institutions so that this message can reach them,” she added.
BY JACOB OLUOCH
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