It is important to know your status, KU students told

A HIV test is not what makes a person HIV positive, but helps with earlier diagnosis that helps keep people living with HIV healthy. It is important for everyone to know their status as it is the entry point to HIV prevention, care and treatment.

This was said by Dr. Lilian Otiso, LVCT’s HIV Director of Services during the launch of the Kenyatta University Students Association (KUSA) Health week on November 8th 2012. “We appreciate the KU administration and KUSA for taking the bold step and showing leadership in allowing door to door testing, a novelty in testing in the country. This will ensure ownership and make it a success,” She said and urged the students to turn out in large numbers in the testing sites to get to know their status.
LVCT supported the 2012 Kenyatta University Students Association (KUSA) Health week by providing HIV Testing and Counselling as well as youth counselling at the Kenyatta University main campus in Kahawa.

Lorna Dias, LVCT’s Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) Program Coordinator, created an interesting discussion with KU students during her counselling session about sex and sexuality, and the students enjoyed it. The students were able to voice the things which are normally considered taboo. Even though they initially expressed comfort around sex and sexuality issues,  the actual discussion demonstrated otherwise. But towards the end they had opened up and were comfortable.

Dr. Edwin Gimonde, the KU Dean of Students, pointed out the importance of the KUSA Health week. “It is very important to talk about matters concerning HIV, cancer and drug abuse. We have to live with them because they are all around us. I want to encourage the students to know their status, because knowledge means power to live your life. Whatever the knowledge is, you will know what the next steps are. That’s how you can survive, because a healthy today means a healthy tomorrow.”

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