A report released by the ministry of health has shown worrying departure in new HIV infections in central Kenya, the country’s most populous region.
Kenya Aids Indicator Survey ( KAIS) completed last year reveals polygamists, widowers and older women in Central region and a ‘persistent epidemic’ in Nyanza are the hidden drivers of new HIV infections in Kenya.
In central, the report notes that HIV infections is being driven to sky-rocketing heights by ‘older women and widowers’.
“HIV prevalence, however, increased significantly among women residing in Central region, from 3.1 per cent in 2007 to 8.4 per cent 2012,” wrote the authors without explaining why this is happening.
“We have also demonstrated that widowers are more likely to engage in high-risk sexual behaviour after the death of their spouse and contribute significantly to new HIV infections in the population,’ reads the report.
In Nyanza, the much hyped male circumcision has failed to reduce infections as th report indicates new infections has increased.