New Guidelines For HIV-Positive People Displaced By Recent Violence In Kenya

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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.

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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).

Reprinted with permission fromkaisernetwork.org.You can view the entire KaiserDaily HIV/AIDS Report, search the archives, and signup for email delivery at kaisernetwork.org/email. The Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report is publishedfor kaisernetwork.org, a free service of The Henry J. Kaiser FamilyFoundation.

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