Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Article Index


Question and Answer Session


1. How does the University handle needy cases since poverty is the cause of students indulging in sex as a business?

 Ans: The University handles needy cases on an individual basis. It provides basic commodities to needy students for example food to meet this need.

2. Does the University allow female scholars to talk to female students only in a session?

Ans: Yes, the management will support the female members of staff who want to mentor female students. There is need to talk to female students hence the need for a lady counsellor.

3. Who owns the data that was used in the survey?

Ans: The data belongs to the Ministry of Health. Once they have the data they take it to Embu Level 5 Hospital.

4. Is it okay to ask the househelp or shamba boy to go to the VCT and bring the results to you so as to take precautions?

Ans: No it is not. This is a form of stigma and it is against the law to use HIV status as a requirement for employment.

5.  Would you recommend a HIV+ person to take care of a baby?

Ans: Yes. However it is advised to have the person enrolled to a comprehensive care unit. The baby is still safe as long as there is no exchange of bodily fluids.

6. Do ARVs prevent the virus from being taken to the next generation?

Ans: Yes, because it is a way of suppressing the virus so that it is not transmitted from mother to child.

7. Is there a HIV vaccine and is it effective?

Ans: HIV vaccine is still under development by KAVI (Kenya AIDS Vaccine Initiative) and results so far are promising.

8. Should both sexual partners take prep?

Ans: PrEP is recommended for specific populations at risk. The negative partner takes PrEP to prevent infection.

9. Does prep work?

Ans: Studies so far show that indeed PrEP does work.

10. Can someone be infected during menses?

Ans: Yes, the cervical area is slightly open during this period giving the virus a large surface area to get absorbed. Viral shedding is extremely high during menses.

11.  Is it true that if you take a test five minutes after taking ARVs the results will show a negative?

Ans: No.

12. Is it possible for a mother to get a HIV- baby?

Ans: Yes. You will need to follow the national guidelines on elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV to achieve this.

13.  How does circumcision prevent HIV?

Ans: This is related to risk if STIs which put one at risk for HIV.

14.  Is there a policy on what to do on an accident site where there are multiple casualties with open bleeding wounds hence cross contamination of blood?

Ans: Currently there is no policy in this regard and therefore it is treated on a case by case basis.

15.  What should a person do if he/she is taking ARVs but there is no improvement?

Ans: The person should have a holistic management which includes lifestyle changes and proper diet.

16.   Why do other people who are HIV+ become obese?

Ans: This is not always the case. It mostly comes about because of the improved metabolic state afterviral suppression with ARVs.

17.    Why not abstain instead of using condoms?

Ans: The two are not mutually exclusive. The first step is to advice on abstinence, faithfulness to one sexual partner and finally, use of condoms.

18. Is HIV spread through hair-cuts?

Ans: HIV is very sensitive to ultra violet rays so after a hair-cut all HIV on the hair will all be destroyed. Make sure the instruments are sterilized.

19. How does alcohol affect ARVs?

Ans: Alcohol stimulates the metabolism of drugs in the liver. The liver will remove the ARVs from the body faster than it should.