Kenya: Vihiga Sees Success With Men's Anti-AIDS Clinic
October 25, 2010
As a way to improve outcomes, some clinics in Kenya are encouraging males to accompany their female partners to programs that aim to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT).
"During the [men's] clinics, we also offer free counseling and testing of HIV to those who are willing," said Opisa. The clinic screens for STDs and TB, "and we offer treatment of any other disease the client may be suffering from," she said. The center offers prenatal lessons on baby care, family planning, hygiene, HIV infection, and prevention.
"It was not an easy decision," said one father, Pastor Joseph Muhembeli. Through the program, men encourage other men to attend the clinics with their wives. It succeeded because men "listen to other men," Muhembeli said. "Through lessons from the clinic, encouragement by support group members and other experts, we have been able to have two HIV-negative children," he added. The couple, who tested HIV-positive four years ago, have another daughter who also is HIV-negative.
"When we counsel couples, it is easier to disclose their status while they are together than having one partner to disclose to the other," Opisa said. "If they are reactive, it is also easy to enroll them on a PMTCT program."
Inter Press Service
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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