Interventions with People Who Inject with Drugs (PWIDs)
People Who Inject with Drugs (PWIDs) often share syringes making themselves a major driver of HIV/AIDS pandemic in Kenya. Drug addiction treatment reduces the frequency of drug use, which in turn reduces HIV risk behaviors and improves adherence to disease treatment regimes. Criminalization of behaviors of PWIDs coupled with the lack of updated data on this sub-population continues to compromise effective intervention and service delivery.
We conduct an active follow up on the cohort of PWIDs in Alego Usonga, Asembo Bay, Bondo, Mbita, Sindo and Ugunja sub counties, with the overall aim of reaching them with individual and small group level HIV preventive interventions that have been shown to be effective in reducing HIV transmission risk behaviors.