Eldoret:Sex workers decry increased STD’s and HIV Infections!


-more than 3,000 commercial sex workers in Eldoret are risking their lives while entertaining their clients-

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By Joseph Waweru

Commercial Sex Workers in Eldoret town, Uasin Gishu county, are shifting to the use of pills as opposed to condoms  use as a way of coping up with the acute shortage of condoms in the country.

Eldoret Sex Workers Alliance director, Alice Saina has stated that more than 3,000 commercial sex workers in Eldoret are risking their lives while entertaining their clients without condom protection.

According to Saina, the shortage of condoms has posed a great threat to the commercial sex workers fraternity who are at risk of Sexually Transmitted Infections .

“Now the girls are opting to use preps (Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) a medicine taken to prevent  HIV) which can only help in prevention of  HIV/AIDS but they do not protect the girls from other STIs and unwanted pregnancies unlike the use of  condoms which are all round protective”, stated Saina.

Saina has added that as an organization they are putting in place measures to appeal to the government to provide the condoms but their efforts have hit a brick wall.

“The county government has  not  supported us in acquiring the  Condoms  they claim we must have an NSL code given to us by the Ministry of Health in order to  access the  commodities from them”, added Saina.

According to Dr. Samuel Kinyanjui, Executive Secretary in Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF), Kenyans need at least 455 million condoms per year but the government is only facilitated to distribute 150 million condoms .

Health experts warn that the ongoing shortage of condoms  may escalate the spread of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) especially HIV/AIDS as well as leading to unwanted pregnancies.

Despite the continuous efforts by the government to control the spread of HIV/AIDS, statistics from National Syndemic Disease Control Council (NSDCC) has indicated that Kenya has been experiencing 32,000 new infections per year with 42% being from the youth aged 15-24 years.

In the recent  past  Uasin Gishu County has  reported  increased cases of  Sexually  transmitted diseases and especially Gonorrhea within Kamukunji Estate and its  environs.

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Other  sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) include
  • Chlamydia.
  • Genital herpes.
  • Gonorrhea.
  • HIV.
  • HPV.
  • Pubic lice.
  • Syphilis.
  • Trichomoniasis.



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