New Guidelines For HIV-Positive People Displaced By Recent Violence In Kenya
The Academic Model for thePrevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS, or AMPATH, recently issuedtreatment guidelines for people living with HIV/AIDS who have beendisplaced by postelection violence in Kenya, the Nation/AllAfrica.comreports (Macharia, Nation/AllAfrica.com, 1/8). The political andtribal violence broke out after Kenya's president Mwai Kibaki wasdeclared the winner over Raila Odinga, the opposition presidentialcandidate, by a narrow margin earlier this month.
Miriam Were,chair of Kenya's National AIDSControl Council, last week warned that widespread sexual assaultsduring the violence in the country likely will reverse gains made inthe fight against HIV/AIDS (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 1/3). Inresponse, AMPATH -- which runs clinics that provide access totreatment in the North Rift, Western and Nyanza regions of Kenya --issued guidelines to its clients on how to continue accessingtreatment, the Nation/AllAfrica.com reports (Nation/AllAfrica.com,1/8). AMPATH is a program developed by the Indiana University Schoolof Medicine and MoiUniversity that provides care to about 52,000 HIV-positive peoplein Kenya (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 11/21/07).
The groupin a statement said that HIV-positive people who receive treatmentfrom an AMPATH clinic are "advised to take your clinic card orempty bottle ... to any AMPATH site or Ministryof Health clinic that offers HIV/AIDS care for supply." Itadded that if a person is in a situation where access to HIV/AIDScare is not available, "it is important to stop all HIV/AIDSmedication at the same time to avoid drug resistance." The groupalso advised clients who have no identification records with theorganization to visit any AMPATH or government clinic for treatment(Nation/AllAfrica.com, 1/8).
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