NSWP and ASWA member, Health Options for Young Men on HIV, AIDS and STIs, based in Kenya, has been awarded a grant to train its members to be peer educators and undertake outreach through social media.
The award from amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, will provide sex workers living with HIV with HIV prevention and treatment information. Those trained will, in turn, will pass that knowledge on to other sex workers. Additionally, HOYMAS is working with the Kenyan government to improve public policies related to HIV among male sex workers.
'HOYMAS is the only male sex workers group and the only group whose membership is drawn from those living with HIV in Kenya; we are unique in our own way and we hope that this recognition will go a long way in not only reaching out to more male sex workers but especially lessen the stigma and discrimination they experience from their clients, families and larger community,' said John Mathenge, the Founder and Chairman of HOYMAS.
Read the full story in Identity Kenya.