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December 30, 2009

More Than 1.5 Million People Tested for HIV in Kenya

Kenya launched a major campaign in November to encourage its citizens to get tested for HIV voluntarily, PlusNews reports. As a result, more than 1.5 million Kenyans have been tested for the virus.  

According to the article, the campaign is part of the government’s initiative to test at least 80 percent of the population for HIV by the end of 2010. Currently, only 40 percent of their citizens have tested for HIV.  

The campaign was mainly conducted door-to-door, but it also reached out to at-risk communities such as commercial sex workers. Men have not usually come forward in large numbers to get tested for HIV, but they accounted for 40 percent of people tested in this campaign.

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