Communicating HIV &AIDS among Students in Kenya‘s Institutions of Higher Learning: A Challenge for the 21st Century

Nancy Gakahu, Ruth Joyce Nyawira Kaguta


HIV/AIDS is tearing the African continent to shreds. The epidemic is taking an enormous toll on the region’s youth, majority of whom, often lack sexual information and health services. Universities in the continent have not been spared either. The population of these universities comprise of young adults aged 18-35 years. This population is sexually active and therefore vulnerable to HIV/AIDS infection. But perhaps what is worrying is that Universities lack policies and are reluctant to commit resources to address the menace. Where HIV/AIDS communication has been attempted, it has been done without taking into consideration the social, cultural, physiological and other important factors. There is a general perception in this paper that in some years to come, African countries, including Kenya will have lost the cream of the society to the pandemic.

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