Ah, these are exciting times to be in living this wonderful country. Know why? Ground breaking interventions in managing the HIV virus are now here. Just a decade ago, things like PrEP were a pipe dream. All the more reason to learn all you can about PrEP.
PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. It is a pill recommended for people who are HIV-negative and are at substantial risk for HIV infection. It is one way for a HIV-negative person to reduce their risk of becoming infected and continue living a full life!
There were days when the HIV virus was never discussed in this nation. If any discussion ever happened, it was one of condemning the affected to hell fire. Things were gloomy back then. Blanket condemnations were the order of the day.
But not anymore. We have grown and moved from the dark days when finger pointing at those who were living with the virus was the preserve of those who were still not with the virus.
It is important to note that over two million people acquire the HIV virus around the globe every year. In 2015, Kenya alone accounted for over 70,000 people in the 15 years and above age bracket getting the infection.
In the same year, some 6,613 children between zero and 14 years old were infected with the virus.
Do you know what this means? Once a person gets infected, they will have to live the rest of their lives with the virus.
Now, there is more information about keeping your HIV status negative that I need to share with you.
The Ministry of Health – Kenya, has released HIV treatment and prevention guidelines recommending provision of immediate initiation of PrEP use among the uninfected partners at high risk of HIV acquisition.
You need this information, so that you can help a friend who needs to hear more. Therefore get all the information from you nearby health centre.
For more on the PrEP pill, click here