BHESP Celebrates World AIDS Day Calling for Scale Up of Prevention Efforts Targeting AGYW

On 1st December 2017 Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Programme {BHESP} joined hundreds of Kenyans during celebrations held at the University of Nairobi to mark the World Aids Day.

Themed “Step up HIV Prevention; Youth na Plan” the event provided an opportunity for BHESP to inform the participants about BHESP’s prevention efforts aimed at reducing HIV infections among female sex workers and adolescent girls and young women.

“Today’s event has provided an opportunity for me to explain to my fellow young people about HIV prevention strategies. Majority of the young people who visited our stand were not even aware of the existence of a female condom but now I’m happy I have informed and educated them,’’ said BHESP peer educator Nancy.

On her part, BHESP program officer Mercy Mutonyi noted that despite the progressive efforts to end HIV, there is still high new HIV infections among young people in Kenya.

“We are here to inform the young people about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) which is very effective in preventing HIV among most at risk population and the AGYW,” Mutonyi said.

According to statistics from the National Aids Control Council (NACC), there are 238,987 young people between the ages of 15 to 24 years living with HIV.

“We need to focus our efforts on young people but those efforts will only be successful if prevention efforts are led by young people. Sadly, the high number of Aids-related deaths is a concern as they occur despite the availability of anti-retroviral therapy countrywide,” UNAids Director Jantine Jacobi said during the event.