Report: A Kenyan man uses a paltry 14 condoms annually

Kenyan men are yet to reach the global usage of condoms, which stands at 40 pieces per man per year.

The country's records show only 14 condoms per man a year, compared to the global target of 40.

A report on the current HIV situation in Kenya by Kenya National Aids Control Council (NACC) showed that only 44 per cent males who reported to have used condoms were at last high-risk sex while only 40 per cent of females were reported using condom at last high-risk sex.

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The report revealed that more than 182.3 million condoms were distributed in the country in 2017 to assist in reducing HIV/Aids infections, but the usage was still low.

The report aimed at leveraging the HIV response to accelerate impact for Universal Healthcare also revealed that there was a decline in the number of pregnant women living with HIV receiving prevention from mother-to-child transmission.

Out of the 2 million estimated number of pregnancies, 57,200 women tested HIV positive, with 53,236 (77 per cent) pregnant women receiving antiretroviral medicines (Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission).

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Further, the report showed an increase in mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV. Up to 11.5 per cent of children were infected with the virus from MTCT.

Prevalence is higher among women at 6.2 per cent compared to men at 3.5 per cent.

Living with HIV/Aids

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For adults aged 15 years and above, there are 1,388,200 people living with HIV/Aids, which comprises 864,600 female and 523,600 male.

There are also 105,200 children aged 0-14 years living with HIV/Aids and the same number for adolescents aged between 10 and 19 years.

The report revealed a decline in the annual new HIV infections last year, at 52,800 in all ages.

Out of the 52,800, at least 44,800 are aged 15 years or above, while 8,000 are children aged from zero to 14 years.

There were also 8,200 new infections of adolescents aged 10 to 19, and 17,700 young adults aged 15 to 24 years.

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“About two in every five adults' new infections occurred among youth aged 15 to 24 years, who are 40 per cent,” he said.

Last week NACC organised a two-day conference for nine counties at the Coast and North Eastern to discuss the state of HIV/Aids and the way forward.

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