Kenyans To Order PrEP & PEP Medication Online In New Healthcare Solution
Kenyans will now be able to order Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) from the comfort of their home following a new partnership aimed at providing virtual health solutions for victims.
MYDAWA has developed the first end-to-end virtual healthcare solution for customers who wish to access PrEP, medicine that can be proactively taken daily by people who are at ongoing risk of acquiring HIV and PEP, medicine that can be taken by people immediately after possibly being exposed to HIV to reduce the risk of getting HIV.
The stigma associated with HIV and the need to visit an HIV clinic for PrEP has been key challenges in the uptake of PrEP. This is particularly apparent amongst populations who are vulnerable to stigma. This challenging environment in tackling HIV has therefore facilitated the search for a different approach to PrEP initiation through online channels that are more discrete.
MYDAWA has partnered with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and in partnership with the University of Washington, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Centre, Jhpiego, and Audere.
The service has received research approval from the Kenya Medical Research Institute and the University of Washington. The US$1.2m grant is an endorsement of MYDAWA’s ability and the role the company is playing at the forefront of providing access to simple and affordable self-tests for HIV and pregnancy, alongside an extensive range of sexual and reproductive health products