All persons living with HIV to get free anti-retroviral drugs

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All persons living with HIV will benefit from free anti-retroviral therapy including access to anti-retroviral drugs ARVs.

This is courtesy of an initiative spearheaded by the National Aids and STI Control Program NASCOP.

The body also released new guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for the prevention and management of HIV in the country.

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Health Principal Secretary Dr. Nicholas Muraguri says there is need to embrace technology and innovation in managing HIV infected persons.

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Dr. Muraguri while unveiling machines to be used in public health facilities for aid in male circumcision acknowledged the need for a wholesome approach in the management of the spread of HIV in the country.

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According to a report by the National Aids and STI Control Program NASCOP 1.5 million people in the country are HIV positive.

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To manage the situation NASCOP has started the “anza sasa” campaign to provide free treatment to persons living with HIV.

The campaign will run in all public health facilities countrywide.

Children living with the virus will also be covered by the programme same as persons exposed to HIV infection.

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