EDARP has a total of 14 clinics providing fully integrated comprehensive HIV care and treatment serving over 28,000 people living with HIV including 900 children. People living with HIV (PLHIV) are offered holistic services focusing on:-
- Antiretroviral therapy (ART) – Adult and children living with HIV receive antiretroviral drugs as soon as possible after they are diagnosed to be living with HIV in order to improve the quality of their life. The aim of ART is to ensure patients achieve viral load suppression enabling them to live healthy productive lives and to prevent onward transmission to their loved ones.
- Spiritual and Psychosocial support –( hyperlink to the spiritual and psychosocial support section)
- ART laboratory monitoring – Adults and children taking antiretroviral therapy are provided with laboratory monitoring test such as HIV viral load, renal function, and liver function tests at EDARPs 15189 ISO certified laboratory to ensure that the drugs are working effectively.
- Prevention and treatment of opportunistic infections – Due to the effectiveness of early antiretroviral therapy, PLHIV are now less likely to develop opportunistic infections. EDARP provides PLHIV with tuberculosis (TB) prevention therapy TPT and treatment of other bacterial, fungal and viral opportunistic infections.
All 14 EDARP clinics provide post exposure prophylaxis (PEP), a short course of HIV medicines taken very soon after a possible exposure to HIV to prevent infection with HIV. This includes sexual assault survivors and health care workers accidentally exposed as a result of their occupation.
Individuals who have possible HIV exposure should present to any EDARP clinic before 72 hours of exposure. Individuals in need of PEP are offered a HIV test before starting and after completion of PEP.
HIV negative Individuals at continuous ongoing risk can receive Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PREP) in any of the 14 EDARP clinics.
For PREP to be effective individuals must take the medication daily and EDARP providers support individuals taking Prep including discordant couples to monitor for side effects and provide timely HIV testing.
PrEP can be very effective in preventing HIV infection, up to 99% when taken correctly but much less effective when not taken as prescribed.
Cervical cancer is one of the leading causes of death among women in Kenya and women living with HIV are at a higher risk of cervical cancer. It is one of the few cancers that is preventable through HVP vaccination and cervical cancer screening and treatment
- Cervical cancer vaccines
EDARP offers Adolescent girls aged 10 years HPV vaccine Free of charge, the vaccines are given in 2 doses 6 months apart
- Cervical cancer screening and Treatment
EDARP clinics offer free cervical cancer screening to women living with HIV and those who are found to have precancerous lesions (high risk of developing cervical cancer) receive treatment with cryotherapy at EDARP Donholm clinic.