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An HIV test in progress. New infection rates are increasing among teenagers. [Photo: SAN]
An HIV test in progress. New infection rates are increasing among teenagers. [Photo: SAN]

New HIV infections increasingly occurring among teenagers compounding elimination challenge

On World Aids Day (WAD), Kenyans commemorated it in different parts of the country in different ways.

With gains made towards eliminating the virus that causes Aids, HIV, statistics give a gloomy picture especially among the youths.

AMREF says that most new HIV infections are occurring among teenagers, painting a dark picture of the future if the young generation does not change their sexual habits.

Unicef also paints a picture that would render the future bleak if steps to tame the virus from spreading are not adopted by the youths.

Challenges to combating the virus still remain with stigma being a major one.

Kilonzo says that talking about HIV is one of winning against it.

In Nairobi, WAD was commemorated at City Stadium where First Lady Margaret Kenyatta was the chief guest.

The commemoration attracted a variety of personalities who expressed their commitment to ending the burden of the virus.

Sports have been identified as a way of the avenues that can be used to help in communicating the HIV and Aids message. Football is one of the games and there were competing teams at City Stadium who were keen to deliver the message through the game.

The first lady who has been very vocal when it comes to maternal and infant health was also made an ambassador during the event.

US Ambassador Robert Godec who was at the event said eliminating the HIV threat is possible. He said the stakeholders need to re-commit and end AIDS.

And some good news from Godec,

Despite the statistics showing that the demographics getting new infections are changing, there is still hope that the country will manage to eliminate the virus in the near future. This hope is however pegged on behavioral change among the most at risk populations.

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  1. let everyone play their role to eradicate and curb the spread.

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