June 19, 2018

Wajir, County with Less HIV Prevalence; Report


By Agnes Aineah

Recent statistics collected about HIV in Kenya indicate that Wajir has the least number of HIV cases in Kenya.

The county of Wajir has an HIV prevalence of 0.20, the lowest in the country, followed by Tana River, with 1.00 percent.

The prevalence statics, according to analysts, point to a possibility of elimination of the virus if necessary measures are stringently implemented, for instance elimination of mother-to-child infection.

Homa Bay is top on the list with a prevalence of 26 percent, according to the National Aids Control Council (NACC), National Aids and STI Control Program (NASCOP) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Global summaries indicate that in 2015, Cuba was the first country to be declared to have eliminated mother-to-child HIV transmission.

Other facts released by NACC, NASCOP and WHO include the statistic that an estimate of 1.6 million people are living with HIV in Kenya.

The revelations come as the world marks the World Aids Day to map the progress made against the pandemic.

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