The adage that ‘it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness,’ holds more weight than can be imagined.  Vestine Nkurikiyimfura, one of the persons with disabilities living in Rwamagana district says that there is still myth and misconception that persons with disabilities are not sexually active could also be contributing to the low figures of the HIV tested Kenyans.

He claims that this has led to assumptions that persons with disabilities do not engage in sex let alone unprotected sex and therefore are rarely included in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Nkurikiyimfura says HIV/AIDS education is required among PWDs in order to create awareness and knowledge on spread of the deadly virus and its prevention.

Ndagijimana

Ndagijimana

“People who have hearing impairment are no different from other people and have human needs including sex and should therefore be included in the HIV/AIDS campaign since the disease is largely sexually transmitted,” explains Nkurikimfura.

Nkurikiyimfura situation is even worse for women with disabilities since they are prone physical and sexual abuse as defending themselves is a challenge.

Government and its partners must redouble their efforts in fighting the virus.

More efforts to the HIV response and access to treatment for marginalised populations like sex workers and people with disabilities were redoubled.

Ndagijimana Olivier, health officer in charge of monitoring and evaluation said that considering misunderstandings about HIV infection and its modes of transmission, educational programs have been intensified about the medical aspects of the disease and legitimate ways of preventing it are also needed.

 

 

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