A new report by the Kenya Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (KENPHIA)has revealed that Homa Bay County has the highest HIV prevalence at 19.6%, while Garissa county has the lowest HIV prevalence at 0.1%.
The study conducted between June 2018 and February 2019 showed that Nyanza region has the most HIV prevalence than the rest of the country.
Kisumu stands at 17.5% while Siaya and Migori are at 15.3% and 13.0% respectively. The study found that the national HIV prevalence is at 4.9%, which means that Nyanza region is way above the average. The North-Eastern region reported the least prevalence with the region showing less than 0.2%.
The report further notes that 1.3 million(4.9%) adults are living with HIV while 139,000(0.7%) children are living with the virus. HIV prevalence was also recorded to be twice as much in women at 6.6% compared to men at 33.1%.
Globally, Kenya has the fifth-largest number of persons living with the virus, and HIV continues to be one of the major leading causes of adult morbidity and mortality.