State must pro­tect and ed­u­cate kids liv­ing with HIV-Aids

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Ado­les­cent boys and girls liv­ing with the HIV-Aids virus have for a long time faced stig­ma­ti­sa­tion in so­ci­ety. Very lit­tle has been done to pro­tect them. On many oc­ca­sions, they have been left with­out coun­selling and ed­u­ca­tion about their con­di­tions or sta­tus. They end up feel­ing dis­crim­i­nated against and vic­timised. The govern­ment needs to come up with pro­grammes that will en­sure these chil­dren are coun­selled, ed­u­cated and taken care of health­wise. There is need to make them feel part of so­ci­ety and un­der­stand that liv­ing with the virus is not the end of their lives.

HIL­LARY OTIENO Maseno Univer­sity

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