NAIROBI, 25 November 2009 (PlusNews) - The Kenyan government has
launched an ambitious HIV campaign to test at least one million
people across the country over a three-week period.
The programme is the first step in a national campaign that
intends to test 10 million people by June 2010. "Once one is
tested, if they are infected they are able to seek treatment and
care and for those not infected, they can better protect their
negative sero-status," said Dr Nicholas Muraguri, head of the
National AIDS and Sexually transmitted infection Control
According to the 2007 Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey, 80 percent of
HIV-positive adults in the country do not know their status.
The initiative, dubbed "Jitambue leo, ni haki yako", Swahili for
"Know yourself today, it is your right", was launched on 23
November in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
"We want to target everybody in our campaigns...no group is safe;
the youth are becoming increasingly vulnerable, the old initially
thought of as safe are equally at risk, and those in marriage
account for 50 percent of new infections," Muraguri said.
"Infants and unborn children benefit too when their parents are