Most Kenyans say abstinence is not realistic - Survey

Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Most Kenyans do not consider abstinence from sex as a realistic option of preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS, a 1999 Kenya Assessment Survey report says.
The report, compiled by the health ministry and the National Council for Population and Development, says Kenyans view the use of condoms as the better option in avoiding contracting the virus.
Only a handful of those interviewed mentioned abstinence from sex as a means of prevention, while eight in 10 saw the use of condoms as the best solution.
The report, released this week, says most hospitals in the country do not have primary drugs used to treat common sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Fewer than one in every 20 facilities have the common STI drugs consistently available.
Only maternity and nursing homes had the largest number of drugs consistently available.
Hospitals in Eastern and Nairobi Provinces, the report adds, had the lowest rate of STIs reporting levels.
Less than half of all health workers providing STI/HIV/AIDS support, the report says, had training in universal precautions in handling blood and blood transfusion precautions.
Among those who have had training on universal blood precautions, only three in 10 felt the training was adequate.
Maternities had the highest number with training on precautions, while health centres and dispensaries had the lowest proportions trained.
The report notes that not many Kenyan facilities have the capacity to test for tuberculosis (TB), one of the common opportunistic infections associated with HIV/AIDS.

31 july 2001 17:48:00

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