HIV & AIDS
Through the coordination and professional support of the Government, the Constituency office will continue with the mandate of creating advocacy and awareness on HIV & AIDS through various programs as envisaged in our Strategic Plan, page 32.
Education about HIV/AIDS has been in the school curriculum since 2003, and it has been effective in increasing knowledge within children about the disease. There has been some controversy about the ethics of teaching students about sexual health, due to the fear that it would encourage young people to have sex. However, rates of new HIV infections have said otherwise. Mass media campaigns have also been done to educate people about HIV/AIDS.
During the initial outbreak of AIDS in the 80s, the Kenyan government stayed away from discussions about how big of a problem there was with HIV/AIDS in the country. By 1993, statements were finally made about the problem and how the situation should have been addressed sooner. Kenya could not afford to lose so many skilled workers to HIV/AIDS when there was currently no treatment for it. The response and plan to reduce the amount of HIV infections has been more extensive going into the new century and currently.
We believe we can end the AIDS epidemic. Since 2010, deaths related to AIDS have dropped significantly in our country. More people are getting treatment than ever before. By keeping the focus on the needs and rights of key populations, we have the power to prevent new HIV infections and ensure those living with AIDS are not left behind.