HIV/AIDS STATISTICS AS OF 2014
Currently 89 children are HIV+ and receiving monthly care and medications.
• 37 Million People Living with HIV in the World
• 26 Million of these live within Sub Saharan Africa (70%)
• 2.6 Million HIV-positive children live in SSA
• 13.3 Million Orphans Worldwide from AIDS
Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)
• Sub-Saharan Africa remains the most affected HIV+ region.
• 82% of all AIDS Orphans live in SSA
• 66% of new HIV infections occur in SSA
• In 2013 more than three quarters (66%) of all AIDS-related deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa
• Kenya has the 3rd largest population of people living with HIV in SSA (6.2%)
• 33,000 Kenyans died of AIDS in 2014 (compared to 85,000 in 2009)
• Kenya has 1.2 million children orphaned by AIDS
Despite these staggering statistics, efforts to curb the disease have been successful; in SSA, 30% children living with HIV are receiving anti-retroviral treatment. HIV/AIDS has affected many youths in Kenya and this is what a recent study has indicated; 199,100 people are living with HIV/Aids in Nairobi, making the county home to the highest Aids ‘burden’ in Kenya with a prevalence rate of 8.6 percent of the population, a new study has revealed.
NAIROBI, HOMA BAY AND KISUMU TOP LIST According to the report by the Commission for Revenue Allocations, which aimed to identify counties which are the most affected by HIV/Aids, Homa Bay and Kisumu follow Nairobi on the list with the former having 150,000 people living with HIV/Aids and the later 113,000, with a prevalence rate of 27.1 and 18.7 respectively.
Also in the top ten list of the counties hardest hit by HIV are Siaya (100,400), Mombasa (77,100), Kisii (77,100), Migori (68,700), Nakuru (57,800), Kakamega (55,500) and Turkana 51,200).
WIFE INHERITANCE AND ‘WIFE-SWAPPING’
Wife inheritance in Western and Nyanza counties and wife-swapping, which has also become a popular trend in urban areas, have been cited as the main reasons for soaring new infections in the leading counties with the highest number of people living with HIV/AIDS.
“There is a puzzling attitude which is growing among young people who go on outings in groups and later on engage in wife swapping”, said Prof Alloys Orago, National Aids Control Council Director. Make no mistake; this is not a cultural issue. This is not a moral failing on the part of young disabled girls. A statistic like this is a direct result of the fundamental lack of protection of deaf and vulnerable girls’ rights in the face of HIV and AIDS – their right to education, health, and protection from violence. It is also a direct result of abject poverty and lack of adequate support.
It is estimated that adolescents and young people ages 10 to 24 years and adolescents (10 to 19 years), especially young women and young key populations, continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV. In 2014, 3.9 million people aged between 15 and 24 years were living with HIV and 620,000 became newly infected with the virus.1 The number of adolescents living with HIV has risen by 28% between 2005 and 2015.