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Learning that you are HIV positive can be the most difficult experience one can go through in life.  You may get scared, angry or even sad but that is all normal as it is a way of coping with something that can be life-changing.

Being HIV positive does not stop one from living a normal happy life, especially if one follows the treatment regimen prescribed by the doctor. This is a life experience of Janet*, a female sex worker operating in Nairobi.

“At one time I got very sick and could not leave the house. My neighbors used to talk behind my back saying that I will die until one brave woman approached me and told me to go to the hospital,” Reckons 40-year-old Janet*.

Dressed in a red sweater, a short black skirt and lip glossed lips, Janet explains that when she got to the hospital the doctor advised her to get an HIV test which she voluntarily agreed.

“Here is where the truth that I was running away from became a reality. The test confirmed that I was HIV positive and I was suffering from Herpes zoster,” she says with her eyes filled with tears.

At this point, she saw the whole world crumbling down, shock, fear, and gloom flooded her in rapid succession consequently burying herself into alcoholism.


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A total of 221 adolescents girls and young women were reached with HIV prevention messages at BHESP’s exhibition at the Colour Purple concert at Uhuru Gardens.

The event that was graced by Nairobi’s first lady Primrose Mbuvi and Ugandan businesswoman Zari Hassan saw 167 young people receiving HIV testing services while 12 received Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis {PrEP}.


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Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Programme (BHESP) Advocacy team led a group of paralegals and peer educators to clean Dandora police station with an appeal to the law enforcers to address cases of violence meted on sex workers in the area.

BHESP programme manager Simon Mwangi led the team to clean Dandora Police station compound, administration offices and the police officers staff quarters.

Mwangi hoped that the cleaning exercise will help create a good rapport with the law enforcers consequently creating a good working condition with the advocacy team.


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Puzzle of unsolved murders of sex workers in Nairobi

KOINANGE STREET


It had taken her colleagues a whole morning to figure out that she had died. The last one to see her alive had parted with her at midnight, when Nyambura got a client on Koinange Street near the Cardinal Otunga Building. Her phone was not going through since dawn.  “I had been calling her in vain because we usually meet, freshen up and leave for home together,” her friend said.
A call from another friend who was coincidentally inquiring about Nyambura’s welfare aroused suspicion since she had heard that a call girl had been killed at a hotel in town. “We decided to go and check the body at the mortuary, and we positively identified her. Police suspect she died from strangulation,” she said.
Outside the mortuary, more women arrived, taking turns to view the body.
“She was murdered,” some whispered to one another as they tried to inquire from her friend the details of the man who picked Nyambura  or  the registration number of his car. But she actually knew nothing, and if her face had any expression, it was one of confusion and self-blame. Nyambura’s death came just a few weeks after that of another sex worker, who was killed in Kayole. The woman was picked by a client at 11pm and her body was later found in a fodder plantation in Ruai.


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BHESP marks International Women’s Day calling for scale-up of PrEP use among women and girls

Hundreds of women gathered at the Huruma Grounds to witness a women football tournament organized by Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Programme (BHESP) to mark International Women’s Day on Thursday.

The tournament dubbed “Scoring for PrEP” was aimed at creating awareness on how young women can boldly fight HIV through the use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).

The one-day tournament brought together 6 women team from Roysambu DIC, Jogoo Road DIC, Kariobangi DIC, Knight Nurse, Sex Worker Outreach Programme (SWOP) and Kenya Sex Workers Alliance (KESWA).


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