HIV/AIDS
OVERVIEW

Kenya has the joint fourth largest epidemic in the world, alongside Mozambique and Uganda. Kenya’s HIV epidemic affects most of its general population, but groups of men who have sex with men, women, sex workers and people who inject drugs are still more vulnerable to infection. Ending the AIDS epidemic requires long-term investments. Sexual and reproductive health and rights, indeed all human rights, are essential for realizing this vision. And given their higher risk of HIV infection, youth and key populations require focused support. Millions of people are vulnerable to HIV infection, and AIDS remains the leading cause of death among women of reproductive age and young adolescents. Stigma and discrimination continue to impede the realization of people’s rights, including access to essential information and services to prevent and treat HIV. In 2016, 64% of people living with HIV in Kenya were accessing treatment. However treatment coverage among adolescents is much lower at approximately 24%. Although awareness of HIV and AIDS is high in Kenya, many people living with HIV face high levels of stigma and discrimination which prevent people accessing HIV services.

WHAT IS SAYA DOING?
SAYA envisions a world where children and families can live free of HIV infection and which families that are affected by HIV and AIDs can live positively and productively without stigma and discrimination. SAYAs approach to HIV is based around two strategies: integrating HIV responses into sexual and reproductive health care and preventing transmission of HIV. Our work focuses on young people at greatest risk based on geographic, demographic and behavioral considerations. Save a Youth Africa is working to expand access to quality information and services, establish peer support networks, and ensure that services are youth friendly so young people can make healthy decisions and adopt protective practices. Mobilizing peers and influential adults such as parents, teachers, and traditional religious leaders, SAYA is able to work with young people and their communities to increase knowledge and information, create livelihood opportunities, increase healthy behaviors, and reduce vulnerability.

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