Do you know your status? According to UNAIDS, there are approximately 1.5 million people living with HIV in Kenya, of whom approximately 400,000 are unaware they have the virus. If people do not know their status, it is impossible for them to access life-saving treatment. Also, not knowing your status increases the risk of infecting others if you are HIV positive.
If you want to know your status from the comfort of your own home, you can use an HIV self-test kit that is available at public and private health facilities and some pharmacies. The government has approved two brands of self-test kits: an oral swab test and a blood sample. The tests cost between Ksh. 800 – Ksh. 1000. However, it is advisable to follow up with professional counseling services in case they test positive.
The available self-test kits are below.
Additionally, here is a list of places you can visit for the test:
- National and departmental hospitals
- Private hospitals such as Aga Khan, Nairobi Hospital, Karen Hospital and Mater Hospital.
- Better2know Clinics
- Clinics Marie Stopes Kenya
- Liverpool VCT Centers (LVCT)
- AIDS-related NGOs such as AMURT (Nairobi, Likoni & Malindi), FACES (Nairobi, Southern Nyanza & Kisumu).
- Family planning centers
- Lancet Kenya Ltd (Nairobi, Kisii, Kisumu, Voi, Garissa, Mombasa, Nyali, Thika, Eldoret and Malindi).
- Some of the organizations listed above charge for testing while others offer free testing.