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We need our ARVS, says PLHIV

Communities of People Living with HIV and AIDS (PLHIV) are urging the relevant sectors dealing with HIV drugs to ensure those affected by the disease receive Anti-Retroviral drugs.

The Director of Health Options for Young Men on HIV/AIDS/STI (HOYMAS), John Mathenge, called on the government to release drugs to the affected.

HOYMAS Director was speaking today at Uhuru Park grounds during a demonstration by the communities along the streets of Nairobi protesting on the lack of HIV medical supplies including ARVS and testing reagents.

“We want to know why USAID has not released our drugs yet we are suffering,” said Mathenge.

He revealed that Kaletra the ARVS for children, lab reagents for testing HIV in babies and ARV medicine for 1.2 million people in counties are running low.

Mathenge also called upon the Ministry of Health and USAID Kenya to include a representative of people living with HIV on the ongoing talks on HIV drugs.

“We urge KEMSA to make public the reforms being undertaken to restore donor confidence that loop holes that allowed leakage and wastage at the institution have been sealed,” added Mathenge.

The Director called upon all Kenyans to stand with 1.2 million Kenyans living with the HIV/ AIDS infection especially now when they need the lifesaving medicine.

By Njeri Kariuki and Muthoka Nicholas

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