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UoN marks World AIDS Day 2018

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Students compete at a game of 'dancing chairs' at the World AIDS Day 2018 celebrations.

The University of Nairobi (UoN) joined the rest of the world in commemorating the World AIDS Day November 30, 2018 at the Chancellor’s Court.

Among the services that were offered include HIV testing services, NCD screening, reproductive health, vibrant wellness, eye checkup, cervical, breast and prostate cancer screening and TB screening. This year’s theme “Know Your Status" #JI-JUE, encourages everyone to know their status. Participants in attendance were treated to entertainment by local artists Sanaipei Tande and Jabidii of the Famous ‘Odi Dance.’

In addition, teams competed in tug of war, sack race, skipping, caterpillar walk, short relays, three legged race, balloon/condom race, obstacle race and musical chairs. Speaking on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, the ag. Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Student Affairs, Prof. Isaac Mbeche, highlighted the initiatives taken by the University in HIV and AIDS.

“The University of Nairobi has an HIV and AIDS policy that provides education, support care and treatment for the infected and affected,” Said Prof. Mbeche.

“The University does not discriminate against students or staff living with HIV/AIDs. I wish to thank all those who have made a concerted effort, and those who have contributed immensely in HIV/AIDs work. We have come a long way together since the HIV/AIDS epidemic emerged and we should continue to forge ahead to help bring it to a halt.”

The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Doreen Asimba highlighted the services offered at the University Health Services. They include HIV and AIDS sensitization, HIV testing and counseling, comprehensive care including provision of antiretroviral drugs to those living with HIV, psychosocial support and counselling, voluntary medical male circumcision, continuous research and collaboration, condom education and distribution, support for needy students and student organizations, HIV and AIDS mainstreaming and provision of PrEP and PEP for those exposed and at risk of getting HIV.