HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus which is known to weaken a person’s immune system by destroying key cells that fight disease and infection has remained without cure decades since it was recognized.
HIV is no longer a scare to many as it once used to be as other more chronic illness has come up and with proper medical care, it is now controllable which could be making it difficult to reduce the prevalence.
The Nyanza region of Kenya has been hard hit by HIV infections in the last years placing its Counties at the top of the list of Counties Leading in HIV prevalence.
Though the report released by the National Aids Control Council (NACC) reveals that HIV cases have dropped across all ages with prevalence among adults aged between 15-49 dropping from 0.35 in 2010 to 0.19 in 2017, Nyanza remains predisposed to the infections.
Siaya County in Nyanza leads Kenya with a HIV prevalence of 21 with 19.4 in men and 22.4 in women, followed by Homabay with a prevalence of 20.7 in 19.1 in men and 22.1 in women.
Kisumu and Migori followed closely in Counties with the highest prevalence of HIV of 16.3 with 15 in men and 17.4 in women and 13.3 with 12.2 in men and 14.2 in women respectively while Kisii comes in at 4.4 with four in men and 4.7 in women.
The Western region in Kenya has Busia, Vihiga, and Kakamega listing in the top ten Counties with Busia leading at a prevalence of 7.7 with 5.7 in men and 9.4 in women.
Vihiga County follows closely at an overall prevalence of 5.4 with four in men and 6.7 in women while Kakamega features at position eight with a prevalence of 4.5 with 3.4 in men and 5.6 in women.
In the Eastern region, Kitui leads with a prevalence of 4.5 with 2.7 in men and 6.1 in women and is the only County in the region featuring among the ten counties with the highest prevalence of HIV infections.
Nairobi, which is the capital city of Kenya, has not been spared from appearing at number six in the list of Counties with the highest prevalence of HIV infections.
List of Counties With Highest HIV Prevalence in Kenya as Nyanza Leads