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HIV/AIDS and Mental Health HIV and AIDS   AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is a disease that compromises the body's immune system, causing it to break down and rendering it unable to fight off infection. AIDS is caused by HIV (the human immunodeficiency virus). The HIV virus weakens the immune system, leaving the body vulnerable to infections...
Qwerty Love: Effects of Technology on Interpersonal Relationships Modern technology may prove destructive on occasion because of the obsession with the virtual at the expense of the real. However, it is possible to maintain and build interpersonal connections on both sides of the divide. the use of both physical interaction and virtual interactions can augment our existing...
Marking 20 years of Human Rights The United Nations' (UN) Human Rights Day is annually observed December 10 to mark the anniversary of the presentation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 2013, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights marks 20 years since its establishment. The United Nations General Assembly...
STI and Teenies and Youth “We have not inherited this land from our forefathers but have borrowed it from our children.” Words that should continue replaying in our heads everyday as we look at the case of STIs, including HIV, and adolescents and youth. Our country is bleeding and it’s such a shame when we...
Corporates join Government to Fight Cervical Cancer Futures Group has partnered with global information technology leader IBM and the Government of Kenya to address cervical cancer needs of women in Kenya, which has become a major public health concern. According to statistics cited in Kenya's National Cervical Cancer Prevention Program Strategic Plan 2012-2015, cervical cancer is...
Global Strategy Consultation UNICEF and UNAIDS, in collaboration with representatives of adolescent and youth networks, UNFPA, WHO, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, PEPFAR and MTV are organizing the Global Strategy Consultation, 3-5 December 2014, on All In! - the global agenda to end the AIDS epidemic among adolescents.   Kenya is...
Wine and Health Risks WINE AND HEALTH RISKS Wine can be very dangerous as it is associated with a number of health risks. The most common is acute pancreatitis. If you already have chronic pancreatitis, it can worsen the symptoms. Some other health problems include; 1. Sleep Deficiency Many people feel a bit drowsy...
Double Tragedy of Young Love This episode of the Morning Express featured the one2one Youth Programme coordinator, MaqC Eric Gitau and Lucy Wanjiku who works with the National Organization of Peer Educators (NOPE). Hosted by Tamima Ibrahim, they discussed the rising cases of STIs among the youth. Lucy has a powerful story that demystifies...
Sex Work: Personal Choice or Circumstance? Is sex work a personal career choice? Is it something that one can "reform" from? Opinions on Sex Work are divided, but one thing is for sure, it is a trade that will never die. Some people think it is a valid career choice as any other, while others...
Drug abuse and Addiction Drug abuse is a disorder characterized by a destructive pattern of using a substance that leads to distress and significant health problems. These problems involve tolerance to or withdrawal from the substance. Drug addiction is the development of drug dependence  leading to psychological and physical effects of the drug taken....
Human Rights Week: Ending GBV This week, we are celebrating the human right week in relation to Gender based Violence. Gender Based Violence is a gross human rights violence and it can happen to anyone. The infographic above shows just how Gender Based Violence can take many different forms. Join in the conversation and...
A love story Like most of us have done when we are sick, we tend to skip medication for one reason or the other. However, for people living with HIV, the medication is very vital to their health and wellbeing. For many different reasons, a woman wants to give up and stop...
Kenya National Blood Transfusion Services The Kenya National Blood Transfusion Services (NBTS) was established in Kenya by the Ministry of Health, and entrusted with the responsibility of managing the Blood collection and transfusion in Kenya. NBTS is situated in Nairobi, with six Regional Blood Transfusion Centers and nine Satellite Centers around the country. It is...
FAQs about Blood Donation Why donate blood? Blood is the part of life that is given to those who need it by those who have the resource to satisfy the need. The love of fellow human and a desire to share something of oneself is what singles out a blood donor from the others....
The reason for a smile This innovative, uplifting film takes us on a journey along the path of a person living with HIV: from fear and emptiness to the decision to live positively and on to unshakable optimism and love of life.When you watch this short film, you will realise that there is indeed...
Masters of Sex This is a TV drama series about the pioneers of the science of human sexuality whose research impacted the sexual revolution in a huge way.  Bill Master and Virginia Johnson had a conversation that revolutionized how people viewed sexuality. The work of Masters and Johnson began in the Department...
The Positive Effects of Stress Other than the much touted negative effects of stress, did you know that stress has positive effects? It is possible to harness these positive effects, and increase positive and healthier livelihoods.
On Infertile Ground Having a baby is one of the most amazing things in the world, especially for women. That is why not having children on account of infertility is a heart wrenching experience. This short documentary captures the raw reality of the women who are faced with infertility and may probably...
The Impending Dual Burden in Kenya We have all heard the good news and read articles about it; Kenya’s economy is starting to catch up with the rest of the world. Of course,most people would debate on how valid these speculations are, especially when observing the streets of Nairobi or the daily life in rural areas. The...
Quick Facts: 16 Days of Activism The 16 Days of Activism are about creating awareness to end Violence against women. Here is a infographic that demonstrates this.  With these fast facts, you should realize that you have the power to change the tide. Speak up and join the 16 days of activism campaign now!
NUDES NUDES Sharing pictures may seem private. But in reality, nothing digital is ever 100% guaranteed private, you can't control where it ends up. The best way to avoid any problems is not to take the picture in the first place. The problem with the Internet is that once information is...
Pregnancy complications Complications of pregnancy are health problems that occur during pregnancy. They can involve the mother's health, the baby's health, or both. Some women have health problems that arise during pregnancy, and other women have health problems before they become pregnant that could lead to complications. It is very important for women to...
Correct Use of Different Types of Contraceptives With the rising cases of abortion recently among women of all age groups, does this point to the lack of knowledge of the correct use of different contraceptives? Dr Lillian Otiso, the Director of Services at LVCT discusses the correct use of different types of contraceptives during the Morning...
Myth Buster 3: The Restaurant This is a new C- Word campaign that seeks to dispel the myths that surround contraceptives and their correct and consistent use. It is aimed at helping youth overcome their fears against using modern contraceptive methods as it educates. In this video, we see that one of the misconceptions...
The Road to Recovery Most people go into drug treatment either because the court ordered them to do so, or because loved ones urged them to seek treatment. The good news is that, according to scientific studies, people who enter drug treatment programs in which they face “high pressure" to deal with their addiction...
The rise of Teen Pregnancy There is a rise in teen pregnancies now more than ever. Most teens and young adults are not concerned about contraceptives because they don't believe they can get pregnant ... until they do. This is evident in statistics indicating early sexual debut, increase in sexual activity, and decrease in...
Promoting the Right to Health of Sexual Minorities Despite the knowledge of the existence of sexual minorities within its borders, Kenya is one of the countries that either ignore or inadequately addresses the health needs of this community. Consisting of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex persons, sexual minorities are at a higher risk of contracting HIV and...
STI fact sheet: Genital Herpes Genital herpes is an STI caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 or 2 (HSV-1 or HSV 2). Most infected people experience either no symptoms or exhibit very mild symptoms that are mistaken for skin conditions or go unnoticed. When the symptoms occur, they occur like blisters on or...
Types of Interpersonal Relationships Kinship/ family relationships which include genetic  relationships or through marriage. They are described as co-sanguinity and affinity relationships; the first is through blood but the second is by choice. Formalized intimate relationships/ long term relationships - those which are recognized by law through a public ceremony like a civil union...
Sexual orientation vs Gender Identity This week we are talking about sexual orientation and gender identity in relation to HIV and other health risk vulnerability. Are you or do you have a family member/friend that is Lesbian Gay Bisexual, Transgender or Intersex {LGBTI}? Do you know what these initials or names mean? Watch this...
Pregnancy Tips: What You Won't Be Told Based on real life experiences, here are some of the things that nobody will tell you when you get pregnant. The end truly justifies the means.
CDC Launches New Campaign – HIV Treatment Works – For People Living with HIV HIV Treatment Works is a national campaign that was launched on September 17, 2014 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to encourage people living with HIV to get in care, start taking HIV medications, remain in care, and stay on treatment as directed. People from across the...
Self Examination Campaign: In the shower This short video advocates for self examination for early detection of breast cancer. Through self examination, you can easily identify abnormalities in the breast and can curb it early enough. In addition, you should go for regular mammograms by the age of 40, most women get diagnosed before they...
STI fact sheet: Bacterial vaginosis BV as it is commonly known is a condition that affects women due to an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina. It is replaced by an overgrowth of certain bacteria, accompanied by an odor, itching, burning, and a discharge. This is most common  in pregnant women and most women of...
Stopping a Masturbation Addiction Masturbation can be healthy but when it becomes an addiction, you need to stop the addiction. Here are a few steps to take control of the urges. Stop Punishing yourself Consider it this way: if you're constantly dwelling on the disapproval of masturbating, you're still thinking about masturbation all the...
STI fact sheet: Pelvic Inflammatory Disease PID as it is commonly referred, it an infection of the womb or uterus, fallopian tubes, and other reproductive organs that causes symptoms like lower abdominal pain. It is an advanced complication from bacterial infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhea. PID can cause irreparable damage to the reproductive system of...
Know your infertility drugs Fertility/ Infertility drugs are effective and are often prescribed as the first treatment option for women dealing with infertility. Millions of couples who rely on fertility pills safely get pregnant and stay pregnant by using fertility drugs - without having to go on to more high-tech procedures like in vitro fertilization...
The GenderBread Person Gender Identity is Who You Think You Are: Gender identity is all about how you, in your head, think about yourself.  It’s about  how you internally interpret the chemistry that composes you (e.g., hormone levels).  As you know it, do you think you fit better into the societal role of “woman,”...
STI fact sheet: Gonorrhea This is a bacterial STI that grows easily in the reproductive tract and urethra because of its warmth and moist environment. It is a very common STI which can also grow in the mouth, throat, eyes and anus. Gonorrhea is transmitted through having oral, vaginal or anal sex with an...
The Blood Donation Process Donating is entirely safe and confidential. Adults have between 5-6 litres of blood in their body and after donating, the body replaces lost fluid within a matter of hours and cellular content within 2-3 weeks. In fact, when giving blood, the only thing you’ll feel is good about yourself....
Face off: Where do you stand? The debate on sexual orientation is clear in how it divides the lines, one for those who oppose it as un-African and those who believe it is part of humanity. This video attempts to show the raging debate and the reasons behind each belief. In the end, does anyone...
LVCT's Blood Safety Programme LVCT offers both financial and technical support to two blood safety partners namely Bloodlink foundation and Bloodlife Initiative Kenya  Bloodlink Foundation Bloodlink Foundation (BLF) is a non-profit charitable trust established in 2004 and duly registered under the laws of Kenya. BloodLinkseeks to assist Kenyan people achieve better health and quality...
Breast Cancer Symptoms and Treatment breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. This short animation explains what cancer is and how it can develop in the breasts. Furthermore, it describes the different symptoms that are possible signs for breast cancer and the risk factors associated with the disease. In addition,...
Mental Health MENTAL HEALTH    What is mental health? “Mental health” refers to your emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It is an important part of staying healthy when living with HIV.  Your mental health affects how you think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how you handle stress, relate to others,...
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Getting Hooked: The Process of Addiction Think about how you feel when something good happens—maybe your team wins a game or you're praised for something you've done well—that's your limbic system at work. Because natural pleasures in our lives are necessary for survival, the limbic system creates an appetite that drives you to seek out those...
Out Film Festival In cooperation with the Gay Kenya Trust, the Goethe-Institut Nairobi organizes again this years OUT FILM FESTIVAL.The third edition of this festival promises to be as entertaining as the previous editions. The film festival not only wants to celebrate queer cinema, but to make known to Kenya that a community that the...
World Health Day The World Health Day is celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO). In 1948, the WHO held the First World Health Assembly. The Assembly decided to celebrate 7 April of each year, with effect from 1950, as the World Health Day. The...
The Creeping Footsteps We have a situation that we did not hear coming, Non- communicable diseases. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) pose an enormous threat to global health and development. The amazing thing about them is that we can each act to improve our own lives. As severe as the consequences for NCDs are,...
16 Days of Activism: From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign continues the theme of “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!” in 2013. The 2013 16 Days Campaign advocates for awareness and action on the multi-faceted intersections of gender-based violence...
Your Brother's Keeper: Red Flags to Addiction A person may start out taking drugs voluntarily, but as time passes and drug use continues, something happens that makes a person go from being a voluntary drug user to a compulsive drug user. Why? Because the continued use of drugs changes how your brain functions. It impairs your ability...
First HPV Vaccination in Kenya These standard four pupils at Central Primary School, Kitui are a lucky lot. they are the first in Kenya and Africa to receive the HPV vaccine that is aimed at preventing cervical cancer. The Ministry of Health has partnered with various other organizations to give this vaccination, which when...
Quick Facts about Blood Donation Quick facts on blood and blood donation There is no substitute for human blood. The shelf life of blood is 30 days. An average adult between the age of 16-65years, in good health and weigh over 50kg is fit to donate blood ,however one can still donate blood after 65years...
Cases of Bestiality in Kenya In recent months, there has been a lot of cases of bestiality in the country. This video shows a man who was sentenced to 14 years in jail for being involved in bestiality. What is the reason for  bestiality? What causes men to rape animals and leave women in...
HPV Vaccine against Cervical Cancer The HPV vaccine can prevent 70% of cervical cancer incidences. However, only 37% of women are vaccinated against cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine is administered in a series of three doses and protects against the most common types of HPV. The vaccination is recommended for females age 11-26 for...
The Ties that Bind: Interpersonal relationships   Interpersonal relationships are relationships between two or more people, based on social associations, connections or affiliations. They from casual meetings, schoolmates, colleagues to friends and family. In a large way, these relationships mold us into what we are, after all you are the company you keep. They are dynamic,...
Curbing Lifestyle Diseases In 2011, the Commonwealth launched a new video highlighting the increasing dangers of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). According to the Commonwealth sources, NCDs are still the world's biggest killers, an have alarmingly encroached to the young population. This is a scary fact, because it decimates the future of many countries...
The Brain and Drug Abuse The brain is the command center of your body. It controls everything you do, even when you are sleeping. The brain is made up of many parts that all work together as a team. Each of these different parts has a specific and important job to do. When drugs enter...
Fertility rates in Kenya   Infertility in Kenya is widely regarded as a female complication. However, it is emerging that men too are prone to infertility due to low sperm count which is caused by a lot of issues. This short news clip highlights the infertility rates in Kenya, which is as shocking as...
Sex Work For A Living? In this special report by NTV, we get to understand why some people delve into the life of sex work in Nairobi, despite knowing the risks. Though only a partial feature, this attempts to answer some pertinent questions and also illuminates what some people do for a living.
No Man is an Island: Why Interpersonal Relationships are Important Other than Adam, there has never been anyone alone in the world for any period of time. In fact, he got bored very fast after he finished naming every living thing on earth and requested for a helper. No one is self sufficient; and those that say they are of...
Sperm banking in Kenya Unlike ordinary banks, a sperm bank is where donors donate their sperm that can be used by an infertile couple to have children through the natural way. Sperm banks are equipped with assisted reproductive health technology which ensures that fertile couples have a chance at getting pregnant. There are...
Health Resources for Sexual Minorities Over the past few decades, clinicians, public health researchers, and officials have become increasingly aware that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBT) persons constitute sexual and gender minorities who have unique health care needs.This video shows the unique health issues that face Sexual Minorities, not only to improve...
16 Days of Activism On the 25th November we celebrated the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. On this very day, we commenced 16 days of Activism against Gender Violence which ended on the 10th December 2013. Research has shown that up to 70% of women experience physical and/or sexual...
The Complexity of Human Sexuality This video explores the complexity of human sexuality. It discusses sexuality in a broad sense and explores the hard topic that people fear to discuss. This can be key in understanding why we behave in certain ways between men and women. 
Stigma and sexuality: A Health Perspective LVCTs Sexual Minorities Coordinator Leonard Mutisya was featured on the #trend to discuss the prevalence of HIV among sexual minorities in Kenya. The interview shows how stigma and sexuality have contributed to the prevalence of HIV and STIs among sexual minorities in Kenya.
Make Stress Your Friend Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. it is all about how you...
Peer Pressure Peer pressure Making decisions on your own is hard enough, but when other people get involved and try to pressure you one way or another it can be even harder. Peers influence your life, even if you don't realize it, just by spending time with you. You learn from them,...
Exploring Sadomasochism Rihanna sang a song about S&M, but what is the origin of sadomasochism? It may look like a foreign concept but it is slowly creeping into society especially in some classes of people. What is the fascination with sadomasochism? Is it safe and more importantly, what are the health...
Why Sex Workers Must Be part of the HIV conversation International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers is observed annually on 17 December by Sex workers, their advocates, friends, families and allies. We therefore dedicate this week to discuss sex work in relation to HIV. Dorothy Ogutu, the Africa Regional Coordinator for the African Sex Worker Alliance, at the recent International Conference on STIs...
Brief LGBTI Dictionary Bisexuals are people who are emotionally, physically and sexually attracted to both men & women. Bottom refers to the passive/receptive sex partner during male ‘homosexual’ sex. Coming Out is when we share our identity as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) person. Coming out to family and friends usually...
How to go Beyond the Negative Effects of Stress The first thing you think about when stress comes to mind is being tired, depressed and a very unproductive day. However, this video shows you that it is all in the mind, you can use stress to your advantage; and improve your productivity in the process. Listen how you...
Hats off: Living positively with HIV This is a tale of stigma that many people living with HIV feel. They feel like everybody knows of their status; a lingering stare, people whispering when they pass, or feeling left out of everything. As this young man finds out, the real stigma is self stigma; that which...
Ectopic Pregnancy Facts An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy located outside the inner lining of the uterus. Risk factors for ectopic pregnancy include previous ectopic pregnancies and conditions (surgery, infection) that disrupt the normal anatomy of the Fallopian tubes. The major health risk of an ectopic pregnancy is internal bleeding. Diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy is usually...
Common HIV Opportunistic Infections Kaposi's Sarcoma Common HIV Opportunistic Infections The following are just a few of the conditions that particularly affect people living with HIV. Bacterial pneumonia Pneumonia can be caused by various bacteria. Symptoms among HIV-positive people are much the same as in those without HIV infection, and include chills, rigours, chest...
Mr Virus - A remarkable story of living positively This is an example of how medication can transform lives and positive living. Underneath the marvel of science and human will to live is a very resilient and selfless individual who is willing to be associated with HIV, something that was once a stigmatizing tag. He has given himself...
Mental Health and HIV Mental Health and HIV Overview If you are diagnosed with HIV, your physical health is not the only issue you have to deal with. Along with the physical illness are mental health conditions that may come up. Mental health refers to the overall well-being of a person, including a person's mood, emotions,...
Kenyan sex workers using HIV drugs instead of condoms With prostitutes charging just 20 shillings for sex – double for unprotected intercourse – some say social stigma has forced them to make false rape claims to access life-saving medication   A Kenyan sex worker looks for clients outside of her home. Photograph: EPA In Kondele, sex is in high demand. Prostitutes...
Beyond the Bump: Inside Pregnancy Most of us just see the process of pregnancy from afar. But what actually happens beyond the visible bump? How does the baby develop? What changes occur during this time? This short video animates what the process looks like and what to expect in the period between 15 and...
The Pain and Agony of Infertility They say the shoe wearer knows where it pinches most. Most people shun the topic of infertility because they do not know of its existence, its pain and the cost. Those who are faced with it however have a different tale all together. They are forced to pay for...
Sleeping habits and low sperm count? Are you getting enough sleep? Less sleep can actually cause low sperm count. A good night's rest is what you need to secure your future so to speak. According to Danish researchers, not getting enough sleep leads to a man's sperm counts dropping, testicles shrinking, among other health issues....
How to Handle the War at "Home" They say home is where the heart is; which is in the people we love and care about and those that we relate to on a day to day basis. As sure as man is to error, it is inevitable that there will be ugly altercations between you are your...
Myth Buster 1: The Basketball This is a new C- Word campaign that seeks to dispel the myths that surround contraceptives and their correct and consistent use. It is aimed at helping youth overcome their fears against using modern contraceptive methods as it educates. In this video, we see that contraceptives are not the...
Drugs and HIV Drug abuse and addiction have been closely linked with HIV/AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic. Although injection drug use is well known in this regard, the role that non-injection drug abuse plays more generally in the spread of HIV is less recognized.   Injection drug use. People typically associate drug...
Lifestyle habits that may literally ruin your future Despite the worrying trend on male fertility in Kenya, the risks can be drastically changed with a change in lifestyle. According to studies on male fertility, the decline in fertility can be linked to lifestyles that are adopted early in life by young men. These habits, though seemingly harmless can...
STI fact sheet: Syphilis Syphilis is an STI caused by bacterium that can cause long term complications and/ or death if not treated well and in time. It is transmitted from person to person through direct contact with syphilis sores found on genital area, anus or rectum.  The sores can also appear on the...
Prenatal Care Fact Sheet Prenatal care is the health care you get while you are pregnant. Take care of yourself and your baby by: Getting early prenatal care. If you know you're pregnant, or think you might be, call your doctor to schedule a visit. Getting regular prenatal care. Your doctor will schedule you for many checkups over...
STI fact sheet: Chlamydia This is a common STI that is caused by bacteria and affects both men and women. If the left untreated, it can cause serious, permanent damage to a woman's reproductive organs. It is most common among young people especially young women below the age of 25. It is transmitted through...
Disability Disability Having a disability, whether it is new or chronic, can seem incredibly difficult. Society is set up so that it caters towards people who are not disabled, even though 20% of people around the world have disabilities. Regardless of your location or lifestyle, you can make changes that make...
Mothers too soon? Are these young girls thrust into their futures too soon? Where are the young fathers in these scenarios?
Merry away, but take care Amidst the merry making during the festivities, many young people fall prey to peer pressure and end up indulging in alcohol, drug and substance abuse, unprotected sex, and other such behavior. The repurcussions (unintended pregnancies, STIs including HIV infection) are just a few of the life consequences that stay...
Myth Buster 2: The Bustop This is a new C- Word campaign that seeks to dispel the myths that surround contraceptives and their correct and consistent use. It is aimed at helping youth overcome their fears against using modern contraceptive methods as it educates. In this video, we see that most girls are afraid...
Health Care and Sexual Minorities Same-sex couples who live together have worse health than married opposite-sex couples and similar health as opposite-sex couples who are living together, according to a new study from researchers at Rice University. This video shows efforts made by several Latin American countries to improve the health of Sexual Minorities....
The Concept of Conception The conception process is complex and very microscopic, but the single most huge event in human life. This animation details the journey of more than three million sperm across the birth canal, through the cervix, to the fallopian tubes, and finally implantation. Share in the intrigues of three million...
Who Am I? When Audrey's story hit the news, it got the country in a frenzy. She was in all news stations sharing the story and shedding light on a population that most people did not know existed ... until her petition to the government to changed her name in her documents...
Violent Behaviour Towards Others Violent behavior toward others The tendency to engage in violent behavior is a potentially important risk factor for suicide in substance abusers. Up to 75% of those who begin addiction treatment report having engaged in violent behavior (eg, physical assault, mugging, attacking others with a weapon). Emerging research also indicates...
Myth Buster 4: The supermarket   This is a new C- Word campaign that seeks to dispel the myths that surround contraceptives and their correct and consistent use. It is aimed at helping youth overcome their fears against using modern contraceptive methods as it educates. In this video, a couple is concerned about contraceptives and...
Just once This is a funny clip that shows the extent to which we should protect those we love. A man returns home from the fields, eager to make love to his wife. She lives with HIV and insists on using a condom. Due to a series of unfortunate circumstances, he...
Are you living with HIV and started ARVs before the age of 19? Making treatment guidelines more sensitive to the needs of adolescents and young people.   The network of young people living with HIV and GNP+ are conducting a survey with an aim of making the WHO treatment guidelines more sensitive to the needs of  adolescents and young people. This week NEPHAK will be mobilizing adolescents and...
Leading A Double Life Same coin, two different sides. This is the experience of Sue, a blogger who was a sex worker and how she has kept it out of her personal life.

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Lets Talk 2016 Resolutions Perhaps one of the things we are all doing this first few weeks of the New Year is making new resolutions. What you would want to achieve this year, what behaviours you feel you have to change and basically do almost everything differently. Let’s be honest, it never works! If...
Adolescent Policy Launched!! The Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health policy was launched yesterday at a glamorous event with stakeholders and partners from both government and non-governmental organisations. The policy seeks to address all the emerging issues of adolescents in this generation and hopes to use new platforms, social and mass media, to spread the...
International Women's Day 2014 International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. Celebrated annually on 8 March, the 2014 theme for International...
one2one couple 2014 Does the end of #Vals2014 mean that love is over? You can continue to fan the flame of love for the remaining weeks of February 2014. Team #one2one is offering you and your partner a post spruced up post valentines gift hamper with exotic condoms, chocolate, flowers, wine, & all...
Run With The First Lady H.E Margaret Kenyatta Marathon   Kenya's first lady, H.E Margaret Kenyatta with LVCT's Executive Director Dr. Nduku Kilonzoo ------------------------------------------------- The inaugural edition of the First Lady's Half Marathon will be held this Sunday, the 9th of March in Nairobi. The marathon aims to raise funds for the Beyond Zero Campaign which seeks to reduce...
New 15million Youth scholarship program launched   Garissa Governor Nathif Jama with Aden Hussein Hassan of Mbalambala Sub-County who got university admission to study medicine on January 14, 2014. An education scholarship worth Sh15 million for youth to acquire technical skills has been launched in Garissa County. According to Governor Nathif Jama, many youth prefer white...
Gov't Shortchanged Youth. Again! The government has once again backtracked on the promise made during the campaigns to empower the youth if the recent parastatal chiefs’ appointments are anything to go by. It started early this year with the appointment of Cabinet and Principal Secretaries, which failed the youth representation test. Another failed attempt...
Shuga, still trailblazing even in Naija 2014 Shuga is a TV series that was first aired in November 2009 on MTV Base as part of an initiative dubbed MTV Staying Alive Ignite! It was commissioned by MTV Networks Africa in association with The MTV Staying Alive Foundation, PEPFAR (The US President's Emergency Fund for Aids Relief),...
one2one in 2014: Infinite Possibilities Even as 2014 begins, there are still 430,000 new infections per year (50 new infections per hour) among young people, with girls, young women and young men who have sex with men more vulnerable. Less than 40% of young people in Eastern Africa have adequate HIV prevention knowledge as well...
Reflections from ICASA 2013 I had the privilege of attending the recently held International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa, ICASA 2013 in Cape Town South Africa, from the 7th - 11th of December 2013 as well as the ICASA Youth Pre-Conference from the 5th-6th of December. The 2013 ICASA Youth Pre Conference was held...
WHO Guidelines For HIV Testing, Counseling & Care For ALWHIV Adolescents (10–19 years) and young people (20–24 years) continue to be vulnerable, both socially and economically, to HIV infection despite efforts to date. This is particularly true for adolescents — especially girls — who live in settings with a generalized HIV epidemic or who are members of key populations at...
one2one joins Ghetto Radio for Supa Dada LVCT’s one2one’s sanpad initiative and the 1190 hotline collaborated with Ghetto Radio and other partners such as HIVOS to collect and distribute sanitary pads to help keep the girl child in school. As part of the ‪#‎one2one‬ Corporate Social Responsibility, LVCT Kenya's youth programme team based at HQ: Gitau Wa...

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Sanitary Pad Initiatives in Kenya A lot of good will has gone towards the plight of the adolescent girl in Kenya. Individual and group efforts have gone towards the provision of sanitary pads to girls in the most affected areas in Kenya. However, they work in isolation and center their efforts in specific areas that...
The Pad Between: The Link to Girls Access to Education Up to 80% of girls in Kenya who join primary school do not complete primary education. One of the reasons for this is the lack of access to sanitary pads. This is cited as the biggest contributing factor to girls dropping out of school and a major hindrance to the...
A Stitch in Time? Over four hundred and eighty thousand students in public primary schools across the country have benefited from the free sanitary towel distribution program since last year. The initiative which is meant to curb girls absenteeism in schools has so far been termed successful. Stakeholders in the program are now...
Reactions to the Period of Shame After it was aired, the "Period of Shame" feature elicited reactions from all over. Countless conversations began on social media, putting the area MP on the spot. The government confirms that Marigat district is yet to benefit from the ministry of education free sanitary towels program which was launched...
Period of Shame This feature was aired on Citizen TV showing the plight of young girls who hide away when it is that period of the month. The amount allocated for provision of free sanitary towels was slashed by 99 million shillings in the financial year 2013/2014, this is from the 300...
International Day of the Girl child On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. For its second observance, this year’s Day will focus on “Innovating for Girls’...
Global Pressure against FGM According to UNICEF, more than 30 million girls globally will be subjected to Female Genital Mutilation in the next decade. That means that an average 3 million girls will undergo the horrifying experience annually at some part of the world. Which means out of all the girls born in...
Female Genital Mutilation: Cut it Out! This is a powerful student documentary that transcends any literature or course work requirement. Every complication arising from Female Genital Mutilation during child birth, menstruation or even simple biological processes like passing urine poses great risk to the lives of our girl and women. Every needless death from this...
A Step in the Right Direction Cases of female genital mutilation have declined across the country with statistics indicating a drop of at least five percent every five years. A study done on girls aged between 15- 19 years shows that the vice has dropped from 38 percent in 1998 to 27 percent in 2011....
A one2one Sanpad Experience Agnes (not her real name) a form three student followed one of the youth counsellors after discussion with all girls in her school. She had a personal question. “I was keenly following your discussions and I found it very useful. Thank you for coming to our school and giving us...
A Brave woman helping rebuild lives Once a young girl gets pregnant, her life crumbles in front of her. Some get disowned by their parents, they are left by the young fathers, they endure the ridicule from society for having children out of wedlock. One woman is not giving up on these young women, she...

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one2one

one2one™ is LVCT-Health’s peer led (for-youth, by-youth, with-youth) innovative & evidence based programme offering comprehensive quality sexual and reproductive health direct services & literacy to over one million adolescents & youth (10-24 years) in Kenya annually.

 

one2one utilises a complimentary mix of multi-media approaches that include digital platforms, direct health and HIV service delivery, training, capacity building and policy advocacy, within LVCT’s research-Policy-Practice framework to achieve the following objectives:

 

  1. Provide young people with credible/accurate information on HIV/AIDS, Sexuality, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights
  2. Provide young people with quality HIV and SRH services and appropriate referrals
  3. Create a forum for open discussion through which teens and youth can explore HIV/AIDS concerns, sexuality & reproductive health options and make informed choices
  4. Build youth capacity and engage in advocacy to increase participation of youth HIV and health policy and programme planning, prioritisation and implementation processes. 

 

Every month, the one2one Integrated Digital Platform as is shown in the figure alongside reaches:

 

  • More than 13,000 monthly callers on the one2one 1190 hotline
  • More than 20000 impressions from conversations and chats with followers, funs and friends on Facebook
  • More than 20000 impressions on Twitter interactions, mentions and retweets
  • Girl targeted IEC print material
  • Regular Question & Answer (Q&A) on email
  • An interactive one2one youth website with a chat function- weekly and other regular shows in youth targeted radio stations
  • More than 1000000 teens through the question and answer columns in the Insyder Youth Magazine's GurlTalk and BoyTalk colmuns

Prenatal Care Fact Sheet

Prenatal care is the health care you get while you are pregnant. Take care of yourself and your baby by:

  • Getting early prenatal care. If you know you're pregnant, or think you might be, call your doctor to schedule a visit.
  • Getting regular prenatal care. Your doctor will schedule you for many checkups over the course of your pregnancy. Don't miss any — they are all important.
  • Following your doctor's advice.

Why do I need prenatal care?

Prenatal care can help keep you and your baby healthy. Babies of mothers who do not get prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight and five times more likely to die than those born to mothers who do get care.

Doctors can spot health problems early when they see mothers regularly. This allows doctors to treat them early. Early treatment can cure many problems and prevent others. Doctors also can talk to pregnant women about things they can do to give their unborn babies a healthy start to life. 

I am thinking about getting pregnant. How can I take care of myself?

You should start taking care of yourself before you start trying to get pregnant. This is called preconception health. It means knowing how health conditions and risk factors could affect you or your unborn baby if you become pregnant. For example, some foods, habits, and medicines can harm your baby — even before he or she is conceived. Some health problems also can affect pregnancy.

Talk to your doctor before pregnancy to learn what you can do to prepare your body. Women should prepare for pregnancy before becoming sexually active. Ideally, women should give themselves at least 3 months to prepare before getting pregnant.

The five most important things you can do before becoming pregnant are:

  1. Take 400 to 800 micrograms (400 to 800 mcg or 0.4 to 0.8 mg) of folic acid every day for at least 3 months before getting pregnant to lower your risk of some birth defects of the brain and spine. You can get folic acid from some foods. But it's hard to get all the folic acid you need from foods alone. Taking a vitamin with folic acid is the best and easiest way to be sure you're getting enough.
  2. Stop smoking and drinking alcohol. Ask your doctor for help.
  3. If you have a medical condition, be sure it is under control. Some conditions include asthmadiabetes,depressionhigh blood pressureobesity, thyroid disease, or epilepsy. Be sure your vaccinations are up to date.
  4. Talk to your doctor about any over-the-counter and prescription medicines you are using. These include dietary or herbal supplements. Some medicines are not safe during pregnancy. At the same time, stopping medicines you need also can be harmful.
  5. Avoid contact with toxic substances or materials at work and at home that could be harmful. Stay away from chemicals and cat or rodent feces.

I'm pregnant. What should I do — or not do — to take care of myself and my unborn baby?

Follow these do's and don’ts to take care of yourself and the precious life growing inside you:

Health care do's and don’ts

  • Get early and regular prenatal care. Whether this is your first pregnancy or third, health care is extremely important. Your doctor will check to make sure you and the baby are healthy at each visit. If there are any problems, early action will help you and the baby.
  • Take a multivitamin or prenatal vitamin with 400 to 800 micrograms (400 to 800 mcg or 0.4 to 0.8 mg) of folic acid every day. Folic acid is most important in the early stages of pregnancy, but you should continue taking folic acid throughout pregnancy.
  • Ask your doctor before stopping any medicines or starting any new medicines. Some medicines are not safe during pregnancy. Keep in mind that even over-the-counter medicines and herbal products may cause side effects or other problems. But not using medicines you need could also be harmful.
  • Avoid x-rays. If you must have dental work or diagnostic tests, tell your dentist or doctor that you are pregnant so that extra care can be taken.
  • Get a flu shot. Pregnant women can get very sick from the flu and may need hospital care.

Food do's and don’ts

  • Eat a variety of healthy foods. Choose fruits, vegetables, whole grains, calcium-rich foods, and foods low in saturated fat. Also, make sure to drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
  • Get all the nutrients you need each day, including iron. Getting enough iron prevents you from getting anemia, which is linked to preterm birth and low birth weight. Eating a variety of healthy foods will help you get the nutrients your baby needs. But ask your doctor if you need to take a daily prenatal vitamin or iron supplement to be sure you are getting enough.
  • Protect yourself and your baby from food-borne illnesses, including toxoplasmosis (TOK-soh-plaz-MOH-suhss) and listeria (lih-STEER-ee-uh). Wash fruits and vegetables before eating. Don’t eat uncooked or undercooked meats or fish. Always handle, clean, cook, eat, and store foods properly.
  • Don’t eat fish with lots of mercury, including swordfish, king mackerel, shark, and tilefish.

Lifestyle do's and don’ts

  • Gain a healthy amount of weight. Your doctor can tell you how much weight gain you should aim for during pregnancy.
  • Don’t smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs. These can cause long-term harm or death to your baby. Ask your doctor for help quitting.
  • Unless your doctor tells you not to, try to get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week. It’s best to spread out your workouts throughout the week. If you worked out regularly before pregnancy, you can keep up your activity level as long as your health doesn’t change and you talk to your doctor about your activity level throughout your pregnancy. Learn more about how to have a fit pregnancy.
  • Don’t take very hot baths or use hot tubs or saunas.
  • Get plenty of sleep and find ways to control stress.
  • Get informed. Read books, watch videos, go to a childbirth class, and talk with moms you know.
  • Ask your doctor about childbirth education classes for you and your partner. Classes can help you prepare for the birth of your baby.

Environmental do's and don’ts

  • Stay away from chemicals like insecticides, solvents (like some cleaners or paint thinners), lead, mercury, and paint (including paint fumes). Not all products have pregnancy warnings on their labels. If you're unsure if a product is safe, ask your doctor before using it. Talk to your doctor if you are worried that chemicals used in your workplace might be harmful.
  • If you have a cat, ask your doctor about toxoplasmosis. This infection is caused by a parasite sometimes found in cat feces. If not treated toxoplasmosis can cause birth defects. You can lower your risk of by avoiding cat litter and wearing gloves when gardening. 
  • Avoid contact with rodents, including pet rodents, and with their urine, droppings, or nesting material. Rodents can carry a virus that can be harmful or even deadly to your unborn baby.
  • Take steps to avoid illness, such as washing hands frequently.
  • Stay away from secondhand smoke.

I don't want to get pregnant right now. But should I still take folic acid every day?

Yes! Birth defects of the brain and spine happen in the very early stages of pregnancy, often before a woman knows she is pregnant. By the time she finds out she is pregnant, it might be too late to prevent those birth defects. Also, half of all pregnancies in the United States are not planned. For these reasons, all women who are able to get pregnant need 400 to 800 mcg of folic acid every day.

How often should I see my doctor during pregnancy?

Your doctor will give you a schedule of all the doctor's visits you should have while pregnant. Most experts suggest you see your doctor:

  • About once each month for weeks 4 through 28
  • Twice a month for weeks 28 through 36
  • Weekly for weeks 36 to birth

If you are older than 35 or your pregnancy is high risk, you'll probably see your doctor more often

What happens during prenatal visits?

During the first prenatal visit, you can expect your doctor to:

  • Ask about your health history including diseases, operations, or prior pregnancies
  • Ask about your family's health history
  • Do a complete physical exam, including a pelvic exam and Pap test
  • Take your blood and urine for lab work
  • Check your blood pressure, height, and weight
  • Calculate your due date
  • Answer your questions

At the first visit, you should ask questions and discuss any issues related to your pregnancy. Find out all you can about how to stay healthy.

Later prenatal visits will probably be shorter. Your doctor will check on your health and make sure the baby is growing as expected.  Most prenatal visits will include:

  • Checking your blood pressure
  • Measuring your weight gain
  • Measuring your abdomen to check your baby’s growth (once you begin to show)
  • Checking the baby's heart rate

While you're pregnant, you also will have some routine tests. Some tests are suggested for all women, such as blood work to check for anemia, your blood type, HIV, and other factors. Other tests might be offered based on your age, personal or family health history, your ethnic background, or the results of routine tests you have had. Visit the pregnancy section of our website for more details on prenatal care and tests.

I am in my late 30s and I want to get pregnant. Should I do anything special?

As you age, you have an increasing chance of having a baby born with a birth defect. Yet most women in their late 30s and early 40s have healthy babies. See your doctor regularly before you even start trying to get pregnant. She will be able to help you prepare your body for pregnancy. She will also be able to tell you about how age can affect pregnancy.

During your pregnancy, seeing your doctor regularly is very important. Because of your age, your doctor will probably suggest some extra tests to check on your baby's health.

More and more women are waiting until they are in their 30s and 40s to have children. While many women of this age have no problems getting pregnant, fertility does decline with age. Women over 40 who don't get pregnant after six months of trying should see their doctors for a fertility evaluation. 

Experts define infertility as the inability to become pregnant after trying for one year. If a woman keeps having miscarriages, it’s also called infertility. If you think you or your partner may be infertile, talk to your doctor. Doctors are able to help many infertile couples go on to have healthy babies.

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