YWCAAIDS :: THE CONDOM PROJECT BY STOP AIDS NOW!

THE CONDOM PROJECT BY STOP AIDS NOW!

Although YWCAA has used condoms as tools for advocacy against HIV in all its' programmes, prominence is given to the "Condom Project" in partnership with "Stop AIDS Nows" as the project dedicated specific funds for the project. Other local patners including Women Fighting AIDS in Kenya (WOFAK) were also actively involoved.

Condom use is one of the main strategies for combating the spread of HIV. However, educating youth about the condoms has sometimes been controversial with some saying it promotes early sexual experimentation. Younger people are often at a higher risk of contracting STIs as they are more likely to be experimenting with sex before marriage. YWCAA recognizes that true effective protection would require condom use at every sexual encounter. Therefore it is our mandate and consequently we continuously promote condom use in the prevention of transmission of HIV and other STIs as well as unwanted pregnancies. Condom promotion involves providing the youth with knowledge on where to get condoms as a prerequisite for correct and consistent usage under the underlying fact that condom use is higher among those who know a source for condoms.

While facilitating access for the general public, YWCAA's condom promotion efforts include information, education and communication strategies targeting key populations. With the help of various partners such as Stop AIDS NOW (SAN) and National AIDS/STI Control Programme (NASCOP) we have distributed 1800 units of female condoms and over 51,800 units of male condoms. Strategies to enhance correct and consistent condom use include distribution channels such as youth group events, youth outreach events, youth friendly resource centers among others. These sessions are geared towards improving skills condom negotiation and correct and consistent condom use.

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HIV/AIDS & WOMEN ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

YWCAA in partnership with the Stephen Lewis Foundation offers training in small scale business skills and provide start-up revolving community funds for economic empowerment to bar waitresses and grandmothers (BAWA)in order to make a meaningful choice of earning a living and reduce their exposure to violence and HIV/AIDS. The program also looks into empowering the beneficiaries with relevant information on HIV/AIDS, knowledge on basic legal rights and advocacy skills, reproductive health, human rights, rights to decision making and leadership.