HIV prevalence in Kenya -report

The international symbol of HIV Photo:courtesy

A new report released on February 20th 2020 has revealed that Garissa County has no single case of HIV prevalence with Homa Bay leading at 19.6%.

HIV prevalence in Kenya. Photo: Kenya Population HIV Impact Assessment (KENPHIA)

The study that was conducted between June 2018 and February 2019 showed that Nyanza region had more cases of HIV than the rest of the country.

Kisumu stands at 17.5% while Siaya and Migori are at 15.3% and 13.0% respectively, according to the Kenya Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (KENPHIA) 2018.

The study found that the national HIV prevalence was found to be 4.9% which means that Nyanza region is way above the average.

North Eastern region reported lowest prevalence with the region showing less than 0.2%.

Nairobi is at 3.8%, Mombasa 5.6%, Nyeri 5.1%, Uasin Gishu 5.5%, Kajiado 4.6%, Turkana 6.8% and Kiambu 1.1%.

The report further notes that 1.3million (4.9%) adults are living with HIV while 139,000 (0.7%) children are living with the virus.

HIV prevalence in Kenya Photo:Kenya Population HIV Impact Assessment (KENPHIA)

“HIV prevalence was twice as high among women at 6.6% (95% CI: 6.0%-7.1%), compared to men at 3.1% (95% CI: 2.7%-3.5%),” the study found.

Kenya has the fifth -largest number of persons living with HIV in the world, and HIV continues to be a leading cause of adult morbidity and mortality.

34,610 individuals participated in survey across the country: 27,897 were aged between 15-64 years and 6,713 were children aged between 0-14 years.

The Kenya Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (KENPHIA) survey has been launched by Health CAS Dr. Rashid Amani.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *