In Summary
  • There are 238,987 young people between the ages of 15 to 24 years living with HIV.
  • Only 48.5 percent of the total population of the youth between 15 and 19 years have been tested.
  • Dr Jacobi asked the youth to encourage HIV positive colleagues to seek treatment.
  • According to NACC figures, there were 24,187 new infections and 4,234 deaths due to HIV-related complications in 2016.

Kenya has been ranked third in the highest new HIV infections among young people in the East and Central African region.

It is also has the second highest population of young people living with HIV/Aids.

According to statistics from the National Aids Control Council (NACC), there are 238,987 young people between the ages of 15 to 24 years living with HIV.

These form more than 20 percent of the over 1.1 million people currently on anti-retroviral therapy countrywide.

Only 48.5 percent of the total population of the youth between 15 and 19 years have been tested, with 84.8 per cent of those between 20 to 24 years so far tested.

WORLD AIDS DAY

UNAids Director Jantine Jacobi made these revelations Friday when she spoke during celebrations held at the University of Nairobi to mark the World Aids Day.

Dr Jacobi said the country needs to focus on young people in an effort to stem the tide of the pandemic.

The UN official also lamented the high number of deaths despite availability of drugs for managing the condition which are provided free of charge in public hospitals.

“We need to focus our efforts on young people but those efforts will only be successful if prevention efforts are led by young people. Sadly, the high number of Aids-related deaths is a concern as they occur despite the availability of anti-retroviral therapy countrywide,” said Dr Jacobi.

According to figures released by NACC, there were 24,187 new infections and 4,234 deaths due to HIV-related complications in 2016.

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