Kenya joins world in marking world aids day

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Kenya joins the world in marking aids day amid unsettling statistics on the virus awareness among the vulnerable in the society.

Statistics place women aged between 15 and 24 years with the highest risk of contracting HIV besides being a group that constitutes the bulk of new infections.

The Kenya HIV estimates report 2018 released by the national government demonstrates a gradual decline in HIV prevalence, with much remain to be done to halt and reverse HIV.

A visit by channel one in Nairobi’s Majengo area established that more than 300 vulnerable individuals lack awareness on the virus.

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Scenario that prompted various organizations to plan on such awareness sessions in the fight against the virus.

This as Kilifi county government rolls out partner notification programme aimed at increasing the number of people tested for HIV and AIDS.

Kilifi county executive Member for health Dr. Anisa Omar says that the programme will provide guidance and counseling in achieving the UN AIDS set target of 100 percent awareness.

According to a report released by the national government more men died from HIV related complications last year at 13,800 as compared to women whose death toll stands at 10,100.

New HIV infections among all ages declined from 77, 200 in 2010 to 52,800 in 2017, indicating a 32% decline in the number of new annual HIV infections.

Annual new HIV infections among adult aged 15 and above also declined from 63,700 in 2010 to 44,800 in 2017, a 30% decline.

According to the National Aids control council lack of testing remains a major challenge in intervention programmes.

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By Kenyan Digest

The Kenyan Digest Team