Heroin Use Hinders Kenya's Progress

Heroin has hit the streets of Kenya and may endanger years worth of HIV outreach and prevention.

Safe sex campaigns targeting heterosexual couples over the past 2 decades have reduced Kenya’s HIV infection rate from 11% to 6%. But the country has done little to reduce the risk to injecting drug users, sex workers and men who have sex with men who together make up more than 30% of new infections.

Health experts advocate for giving drug users easy access to sterile needles, opiate substitutes to help them stop injecting, and HIV testing and treatment.

Thompson Reuters

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