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 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
A 2018 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 counseling and testing in both rural and urban areas.
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 2018 report.
- Homa Bay – 20.7%
- Siaya – 21.0%
- Kisumu – 16.3%
- Migori -13.3%
- Busia – 7.7%
- Nairobi – 6.1%
- Vihiga – 5.4%
- Kitui – 4.5%
- Kakamega – 4.5%
- Kisii – 4.4%