More men died of AIDS in last decade – report

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 7 Mar, 2023 12:48 | < 1 min read
Health worker caries out test in a hospital. PHOTO/File

The National Syndemic Diseases Control Council has revealed that more men died of HIV/Aids compared to women in the last decade.

According to the data collected between 2013 and 2021, 8,291 men aged 30 and above lost their lives to the disease while 6,923 women died of the same infection.

The number of men listed accounted for 37 per cent of all AIDS-related deaths.

The report also revealed that men were less likely to be diagnosed, start and stay on treatment compared to women.

HIV prevalence

Similarly, the council also observed that female sex workers contributed to HIV prevalence at 29.3 per cent, men who had sex with other men contributed to 18.2 per cent of the HIV prevalence, people who inject drugs, 18.7 per cent whereas the general population contributed to 4.3 per cent.

Additionally, the body pointed out that an estimated 883,694 of the 1.4 million people living with HIV aged between 35 and 74 years were diagnosed when they were younger.

36 out of 47 counties had increased new HIV infections between 2021 and 2022. Out of these, fifteen counties accounted for 70 per cent of new HIV infections.

National coordinator, network of people living with HIV in Kenya Nelson Otwoma called on communities to support men's access to testing and retention to care

"Most of the AIDS-related deaths in 2021 occurred among men who are less likely than women to be diagnosed, start and stay on treatment and reach an undetectable viral load. We call on communities to support men's access to testing retention to care," he stated.

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