” For every one male between the age of 15 and 24 who has contracted HIV, five women are infected.”
A new report shows that young women who are aged between 15 and 24 years are at the highest risk of getting infected with HIV.
The Kenya Aids Response Progress report of 2018 showed that from the 44,800 new infections of HIV, 14,933 cases which is approximately a third occurred in this age group.
Another report by the National Aids Control Council showed that new HIV infections in both males and females stood at 17,700 (in the age bracket of 15-24 years). The study also showed that for every male who is aged between 15 and 24 years who contracts this virus, at least five females belonging to the same age group are infected.
This might explain why there are approximately 523,600 men above the age of 15 years living with HIV compared to 864,600 women.
In contrast to this, more men were reported to have died from complications that were Aids-related last year at 13,800 while the number of women stood at 10,100. There were also 2,830 Aids-related deaths that were reported in the age group of 15-24 years.
An approximate of 54% of these deaths were reported to have occurred in 9 of the 47 counties. Nairobi was leading with 294 cases followed by Homa Bay at 264, Siaya at 248, Kisumu at 216, Migori at 152, Kakamega at 126, Nakuru at 108, Busia at 92 and lastly Mombasa at 79.
It is important to note that there has been a decline in Aids-related deaths from the previous years. This is directly attributable to the broader access to ARVs.
The report also indicated that the national prevalence as at November 2018 stood at 4.9% with it being higher in women at 5.2% than men who stand at 4.5%.
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