ARE YOU AWARE OF YOUR HIV STATUS?

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Approximately 72% of Marsabit residents are not aware of their HIV status. This is according to the General coordinator of HIV and AIDS in the county, Ms Batula Jaro.

Miss Jaro said that it is sad that most people do not care about finding out about their HIV status.

Approximately 84 youths between the age of 14 and 24 are living with the virus. The 84 are students in secondary school, colleges and universities.

Ms Batula Jaro advised HIV patients to go to hospitals so that they can be started on ARVs. The county government should also ensure that the ARVs are easily available for those who need them.

Meanwhile, a research in 2012 revealed that 50% of Kenyans were not aware of their HIV status. Over 680,000 people including 60,000 children are living with the virus and are under treatment. 70% of pregnant HIV positive women receive treatment to avoid transmitting the virus to their young ones.

Statistics also show that the largest percentage of people at the risk of getting infected with HIV is between the age of 25 and 44 years old.

HIV has been reported to be the leading cause of death among the youths in the country. 16% of those living with HIV are youths with one in every three newly infected person being a youth between the age of 15 and 24 years old. However, 21% of ladies between the same ages are the ones at a higher risk of getting infected.

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