SHOCKING:500,000 KENYANS LIVING WITH HIV ARE UNAWARE OF THEIR STATUS

SHOCKING:500,000 KENYANS LIVING WITH HIV ARE UNAWARE OF THEIR STATUS

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500,000 KENYANS LIVING WITH HIV ARE UNAWARE

New shocking statics show that approximately 500,000 kenyans are living with HIV but are unware of their status. The new study  shows that in every 3 people who test HIV positive, 1 is either determined through referral.

In 2013, there were 1.6 million HIV positive Kenyans, meaning that nearly 530,000 citizens are unaware that they have the virus.

The study was conducted by Assisted Partner Notification Services across 18 Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) centres across Kenya from 2013 until August of 2015

The Assisted Partner Notification Services then contacted the referrals. Out of nearly 1,900 people that were referred by those who had tested positive for HIV, nearly 35% tested positive for the virus.

“We recruited HIV+ people and asked them to give us names and contact information of their sexual partners, including casual ones. We then notified these partners through phone calls within two days and in some instances visited them,” said Dr Cherutich- the lead researcher in the study

500,000 KENYANS LIVING WITH HIV ARE UNAWARE

SOURCE: TUKO NEWS

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