Homa Bay County leads the list of counties with highest HIV/AIDS infection prevalence in Kenya according to NSDCC Report.
The National Syndemic Diseases Control Council (NSDCC) has revealed details of HIV prevalence in various counties in the country.
The council estimates that 1,377,784 persons in the nation are living with HIV (PLHIV), making HIV prevalence 3.7% in 2022.
HIV prevalence is 5.3% among females compared to 2.6% among males, meaning that females bear a greater burden of HIV.
According to an NSDCC report, Homa Bay County topped the list of counties with the highest prevalence of new HIV diagnoses, with a 15.2 percent increase.
Kisumu followed closely at 14,5 percent, Siaya at 13.2 percent, Migori at 9.7 percent, and Kisii at 4.4 percent.
Mombasa had a 4.6 percent increase, Samburu 4.3 percent Vihiga 4.2 percent, and Uasin Gishu 3.7 counties.
The NSDCC report further revealed that new HIV infections have reduced by 78% in the last 10 years from 101,448 in 2013 to 22,154 in 2022.
This is attributed to targeted HIV prevention interventions by the Government through the Ministry of Health.
Adolescents and young people aged 15-24 years continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV.
Ten counties accounted for over half (53%) of the new HIV infections in 2022; they include Nairobi, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Nakuru, Siaya, Migori, Uasin Gishu, Kakamega, Kajiado, and Narok.
HIV/AIDS-related deaths have reduced by 68% from 58,446 in 2013 to 18,473 in 2022.
This is attributed to the 97% increase in the number of people on antiretroviral treatment from 656,369 in 2013 to 1,294,339 in 2022.
The burden of AIDS-related mortality is disproportionately higher among men.
In 2022, Men account for 35% of all people living with HIV.
However, AIDS-related deaths among men accounted for 48% of all deaths in the same period.