SWOP-Kenya has since 2015 conducted a demonstration project to test the deliverability of PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) to female sex workers in Nairobi. During this demo project, we initiated 344 female sex workers on PrEP and followed them up for a period of one year. The study is currently on its final stages, having been a major success.
Currently, SWOP-Kenya is scaling up PrEP to both the female sex workers and men who have sex with men, an initiative dabbed “Kaa Safe Na PrEP”.
What is PrEP
PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) refers to medication that is given to individuals at high risk of getting HIV Infections. This medicine is exclusively given to HIV negative individuals as it stops HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout the body.
Who can take PrEP
PrEP can be taken by any individual who is at high risk of contracting HIV. This includes people with multiple sex partners, those in discordant relationships and those with partners of unknown status. PrEP is therefore not targeted for specific populations but can be accessed by any individual that might perceive himself/herself to be at risk.
How should PrEP be taken?
It is highly effective for HIV Prevention when taken on a daily basis and its efficacy is lowered upon inconsistent use.
Studies has shown that daily PrEP Reduces HIV from sex by more than 90%.