AIDS Healthcare Foundation plans HIV/AIDS testing, condom distribution

AIDS Healthcare Foundation plans HIV/AIDS testing, condom distribution

The AIDS foundation distributes condoms, AIDS prevention medication in Kenya.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a non-government organization, announced Thursday that they will be providing HIV tests to at least 5,000 people in Kenya in addition to passing out 200,000 condoms this Valentine’s Day.

The Los Angeles, Calif.-based organization, which is known for it’s “cutting edge medicine and advocacy to more than 200,000 patients in more than 28 countries,” will be conducting the testing and distributing the condoms in commemoration of International Condom Day, and to promote and advocate safe sex practices during the Valentine’s Day holiday.

With more adultery and less use of contraceptive in Kenya, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Advocacy Manager, Mary Nyaguthii, explains that this type of behavior is responsible for a recent spike in HIV and AIDS among married people living in Kenya.

Nationally, 5.6 percent of Kenyans are living with HIV or AIDS. 9.1 percent of which are married people – a significantly higher number than previously.

Nyaguthii says that the AIDS Healthcare Foundation has planned a variety of activities to span across five days in three different counties to help promote and spread awareness regarding safe sex practices and the benefits of condom use.

By the end of 2014, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation plans to test more than 250,000 people and distribute more than 4 million condoms.

Established in 1987, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation has provided care to thousands of people living with HIV and AIDS internationally. By creating and implementing unique programs both locally in the U.S. and reaching out internationally, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation is able to provide healthcare and influence to people throughout the world, all with the intent of preventing the spread of HIV and AIDS, and creating a healthier planet.

To find out more about the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s efforts to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS in Kenya – and across the globe, visit their website to learn more.

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