About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Kenya's AIDS Rate Has Declined Due to Anti-retroviral Use

by VR Sreeraman on August 14, 2007 at 8:01 PM
Font : A-A+

Kenya's AIDS Rate Has Declined Due to Anti-retroviral Use

Kenya's AIDS prevalence rate has dropped to 5.1 percent last year from 5.9 percent in 2005 mainly due to the increased rollout of anti-retrovirals, the national AIDS council said Tuesday.

The state-run National AIDS Control Council (NACC) said the growing use of life-prolonging therapy averted around 57,000 deaths in 2006.

Advertisement

"The annual death of adult AIDS deaths in Kenya reached a peak of about 120,000 in 2003. It would have stayed at that level for the next three years were it not for the increased number of people on anti-retroviral therapy," NACC said in a statement.

The council also reported a drop in new infections from 60,000 in 2005 to 55,000 last year, but stressed that most new infections were occuring among young people.
Advertisement

At least 1.3 million people are currently living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya, 65 percent of whom are women between the ages of 19 and 45, according to NACC statistics.

Last year, President Mwai Kibaki announced that public hospitals would no longer charge HIV/AIDS patients for anti-retroviral drugs in a new bid to fight the deadly disease.

Since 1984, at least 1.5 million people are said to have died from AIDS in Kenya, according to health ministry estimates.

Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for almost two-thirds of all people infected with HIV and 72 percent of global AIDS deaths, according to UNAIDS.

As of June last year, around one million Africans were receiving AIDS / HIV - Treatment drugs. This was still less than a quarter of the estimated 4.6 million people in need of the drugs on the continent.

Source: AFP
SRM/J
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Advertisement
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Top 7 Benefits of Good Oral Hygiene
Healthy and Safer Thanksgiving 2021
Long-Term Glycemic Control - A Better Measure of COVID-19 Severity
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Oral Health And AIDS AIDS/HIV AIDS/HIV - Epidemiology AIDS/HIV - Clinical Features AIDS/HIV - Health Education AIDS/HIV - Prevention And Transmission AIDS / HIV - Treatment AIDS/HIV- Lab Tests and Faqs AIDS - Initial Theories and Disease Progression AIDS/HIV - Worldwide distribution and Risk of Transmission 

Recommended Reading
AIDS / HIV - Treatment
Encyclopedia section of medindia explains in brief about the treatment for AIDS/HIV...
AIDS/HIV - Prevention And Transmission
Encyclopedia section of medindia explains in brief about the prevention for AIDS/HIV...
US FDA Approves First in New Class of HIV Drug
Pfizer's maraviroc, the first in a new class of HIV drugs formulated to stop HIV virus from ......
AIDS - Initial Theories and Disease Progression
AIDS was first detected in early 1980s, among gays, Haitians and black Africans. HIV is a descendant...
AIDS/HIV
"AIDS is an epidemic disease, a potentially preventable, deadly infection for which there is no cure...
AIDS/HIV - Clinical Features
Encyclopedia section of medindia gives general info about HIV Clinical Features...
AIDS/HIV - Epidemiology
AIDS or HIV is an epidemic disease, a potentially deadly infection that can be prevented with preca...
AIDS/HIV - Health Education
Encyclopedia section of medindia gives general info about AIDS information and health education....
AIDS/HIV - Worldwide distribution and Risk of Transmission
Epidemiologic studies indicate three broad yet distinct geographic patterns of transmission...
Oral Health And AIDS
AIDS has taken on massive proportions in modern times. It is estimated that over 15 million people a...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use