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Older generation now face the wrath of HIV

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The 2008 Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey (KAIS) presents a grim picture of the HIV prevalence rates in the country, with rate now standing at 7.8 per cent from 5.1 per cent announced last year.

But one of the most interesting findings of this study is the changing pattern of the HIV prevalence rates, with older men and women now at increasing danger than young people.

The 2007 Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey (KAIS) released on Tuesday shows majority of the Kenyans have not gone for HIV status, with many perceiving themselves as having a very low risk of being infected. 

A whopping 83 percent of those who participated in the study did not know their HIV status. Of these 57 percent had not tested for HIV, while 26 percent of those who claimed to be HIV negative, tested positive on being diagnosed. 

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STIs on the rise in the rural areas

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The number of people infected with sexually transmitted infections -Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)-2 and syphilis - which are known to predispose them to HIV infection, is on the rise.

According to the Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey, of those who had the HSV-2, 81 per cent were also infected with HIV.

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HIV positive women want to have babies

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The number of pregnant women who are HIV positive is on the riseThe number of pregnant women who are HIV positive is on the rise. From 7.3 percent HIV prevalence recorded in the 2003 Kenya Demographic and Health survey (KDHS), the rate has increase to 9.6 percent, according to the 2007 Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey (KAIS).

People Living with HIV Aids (PLWHA) in Africa are increasingly calling for an effective public health agenda that recognizes the potential for orthodox treatments to complement African traditional medicine systems.  

Such herbal and synthetic drug combinations are psycho-socially inevitable in Africa, a continent in which over 90 percent of its population frequently seeks treatment with traditional medicine. 

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New study shows higher HIV prevalence

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The government is set to release today (29th July 2008) shocking results that indicate HIV prevalence rate is not as low as announced mid last year.

Based on a new study conducted last year, the findings show HIV prevalence to be higher than 5.1 percent announced last year and the 6.7 percent captured by 2003 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey.

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Home-Based Care: Failing on the promise

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ImageHaga was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS seven years ago at the age of 63 years after becoming bed ridden with opportunistic infections.  Due to her age both her family and doctors had not suspected that she could be HIV positive and it only occurred to them that she could have contracted HIV when she developed full blown symptoms. Upon diagnosis the doctors advised her family to take her home as a continuous hospital stay would end up being too costly. 

The Kenya Aids Vaccine that was using a similar concept as the failed Merck and Company vaccine ha s finally been suspended permanently, leaving the scientists involved to work on new strategy of moving forward.

Although the Kenya AIDS Vaccine Initiative (KAVI) researchers had registered major successes in the phase one trial of their vaccine, they say they cannot proceed to Phase II using a concept that might not work.

It is official.  A new policy that stipulates how all willing men, irrespective of their age, will undergo circumcision to reduce their chances of getting infected with HIV has been finally published, setting into motion the use of the surgical procedure as a standard HIV prevention strategy for the country.

Health personnel from government health facilities at various levels are to undergo in-service training to horn their skills on the new procedure. A Male Circumcision Task Force that will foresee and guide the circumcision of males in Kenya is going to be set-up soon.

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