Young women lead in new HIV infections - study
The report says approximately 88,620 new HIV infections occurred among adults and 12,940 among children last year.
It points out that 108,535 less people died of AIDS-related causes in 2013 as compared to 2003.Â "Approximately 58,465 people died of AIDS-related causes in 2013 compared to 167,000 who died in 2003," it reads in part. The report attributes the drop to wider access to Antiretroviral therapy (ART) drugs especially after the roll-out of ART in 2003.
In his speech during the launch, Macharia said the estimates compiled by the National Aids Control Council (NACC) and the National AIDS and STIs Control Programme are key data for target setting, planning, resources allocation and tracking progress. "Kenya's HIV prevalence stands at 5.6 per cent for adults aged between 15-49 years with a HIV burden of 1.6 million HIV infected. This makes Kenya the fourth highest HIV epidemic country in the world," said Macharia. He added that the estimates also show that despite the progress made in coverage of services and uptake, there were still 100,000 new infections annually. He said the roadmap provided information in terms of the number of people infected, those who need treatment, number of mothers in need of mother-to-child treatment and county residents dying annually. "The new infections will not take us to where we want to go," the CS added.
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