First, AIDS is one of the deadliest diseases across the world. AIDS, which stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome is caused by the human immune deficiency virus (HIV). This article will highlight the HIV Aids prevalence in Kenya per county or counties in 2020. In other words, we shall list the top 10 Kenya Counties with the Highest HIV Prevalence Rates.
HIV infection remains incurable at the moment. However, the good news is that it can be controlled by antiretroviral medicines. Furthermore, these medicines are available for free in public hospitals in Kenya. But, many people who are HIV positive continue to die of AIDS partly because of not taking medications. Starting treatment early suppresses HIV and this reduces the risk of progressing to AIDS.
HIV Prevalence in Kenya 2020
A 2020 report by the National AIDS Control Council of Kenya show that the HIV prevalence rate in Kenya is still alarmingly high in a number of counties.
Further, the National AIDS Control Council 2018 report shows that 4.8% of Kenyans are HIV positive. This translates to about 1.34 million Kenyans who are living with HIV. However, the good news is that HIV prevalence rate in Kenya has dropped significantly since it was 5.9% in 2016.
This reduction in HIV rates is partly due to the many programs that are focused on HIV education, and voluntary counselling and testing in both rural and urban areas. Most importantly, Garissa County recorded almost no case of HIV infections as the reports indicated 0.01.
Additionally, the HIV prevalence rate is 5.2% in females and 4.5% in males. In summary, below are the 10 Kenya Counties with the Highest HIV Prevalence Rates as highlighted in the National AIDS Control Council’s 2020 report.
HIV Prevalence in Kenya 2020 Per County or Counties
- Homa Bay County – 19.6%. It ranked 1st in the Kenya counties with highest HIV Prevalence in 2020.
- Kisumu County – 17.5%
- Siaya County – 15.3%
- Migori County – 13.3%
- Busia County – 7.7%
- Nairobi County – 3.8%
- Vihiga County – 3.4%
- Kitui County – 3.1%
- Kakamega County – 2.5%
- Kisii – 2.1%