KENYA WARNS OF ALARMING NEW HIV AINFECTIONS AMONG THE YOUNG

Reports from the National AIDS Control Council (NACC) indicates that Kenya is recording 97 new HIV infections daily among young people between the ages of 15 and 24.

The Kenya AIDS Response Progress Report, released here Thursday says counties with high HIV infections include Homa Bay (5,473 new infections), Kisumu (4,996), Siaya (4,377), Migori (2895), Nairobi (2,282) Mombasa (1,283), Kiambu (1,199) and Kisii (1,178) which together account for 66 per cent of all new infections nationally.

Speaking at the launch of the report, NACC Director Dr. Nduku Kilonzo said 14 counties — Kiambu, Kisii, Nyamira, Busia, Kakamega, Bungoma, Muranga, Nyeri, Machakos, Kitui, Makueni, Meru, Kilifi and Kwale — which had very low infection rates were recording new infections.

The report said the total number of people living with HIV in Kenya was 1,517,705 in 2015. However, Kenya reduced the number of new HIV infections among children by 49 per cent between 2013 and 2015. It added that the country had recorded a significant decline in new HIV infection and AIDS-related deaths.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.