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More than 95 adolescent young girls and women have enrolled for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis {PrEP} according to Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Programme (BHESP) Jogoo Road Wellness Centre statistics for the month of May.

This means that on average 3 people were enrolled daily for PrEP at the drop-in centre, which on average attracts 400 clients monthly.

PrEP is antiretroviral drugs taken daily by HIV-negative people most at risk of HIV infection to reduce their chances of becoming infected.

BHESP statistics for the end of May indicates 22 young females aged 15-19 were enrolled for the daily pill which if used consistently can reduce the risk of getting HIV from unprotected sex by over 90 percent.

The monthly report shows that 39 females aged between 20-24 enrolled for PrEP with the National AIDS and STI Control Programme (NASCOP) reporting that 71,034 people aged above 15 years got infected with HIV in 2015.

“23 percent of the total enrolled for PrEP were females aged 25-30 while 11 percent were 30 years and older,’’ the report adds.

According to Lucy*, 21, one of the young girls enrolled on PrEP at the facility, the daily pill has really helped her protect herself from HIV infection as she is very vulnerable due to the nature of her work.

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On 2nd June 2017 Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Programme {BHESP} held an event to celebrate International Sex Workers Day at BHESP Kasarani offices.

More than 100 sex workers attended the event to honor sex workers and recognize their often exploited working conditions.

“As we celebrate International Sex Workers Day lets channel our energies towards ending stigma and discrimination surrounding sex work,” said BHESP Executive Director Peninah Mwangi.

Mwangi added that if sex workers are to enjoy fair and just working conditions, sex work needs to be fully decriminalized.

“We want laws in Kenya to be refocused on making sex workers lives safer and improving the relationship they have with the law enforcers,” she held.

Echoing Mwangi’s sentiments, Kenya Sex Workers Alliance national coordinator Phelister Abdalla said the event is very important as it’s celebrated globally and appreciated sex workers for coming out openly calling for the decriminalization of sex work.

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