New HIV infections now on the decline, 'but still below target'
SEE ALSO :‘Youth’ suffering the most from HIVThe 2019 facts sheets revealed that there had been a significant reduction in HIV-related deaths between 2013 and last year, with figures dropping from 58,465 to 28,214. Up to 635,500 deaths were averted due to scale-up on the use of anti-retroviral drugs by 2017. Kamigwi, however, said there was need for counties to be involved. “HIV and AIDS programmes are heavily dependent on donor-funding and it is time counties also budgeted for these programmes," he said. Reverend Canon Rosemary Mbogo, member of the board and secretary of the Anglican Church, said despite a lot of progress made, the big challenge lay in the high rates of new infections among young people. "We have made progress as a country in reducing the prevalence rates from 14 per cent in 1990s to the current 4.6 per cent. The problem, however, lies in the alarming rate of new infections among youth between 18 and 24, which is spreading like bush fire," said the Reverend Mbogo.
SEE ALSO :Report: HIV care neglectedShe said although HIV prevalence rates were on the decrease at national level, the ratio was not uniform in counties. This, she said, called for more attention and emphasis on treatment and awareness. According to NACC, prevalence rates declined from 5.9 in 2015 to 4.6 last year. It said 30 counties had prevalence rates between 2 and 4.9 per cent while only 10 had prevalence rates less than 2 per cent.
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