Ruben medical clinic in conjunction with Young Women Campaign Against AIDS organization joined the world in marking the 25th WorldAIDS Day in Kenya at Ruben Centre. The event involved many activities that revolved around this year’s theme of Getting to Zero: zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths for vision 2030.
The activities for the day involved HIV/AIDS education that was articulately displayed by the youths through skits and narratives, voluntary testing and reading of a national speech by the District AIDS and STI’s Coordinator (DASCO). More than 300 people attended the event of which 72 were tested. According to DASCOHIV infections are highest amongst married couples or those cohabiting a statement that was reiterated by the country’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta in a similar event in Mombasa. 44% of the new infections occur within stable relationships.
The day was marked at a time when the rate of infection among young girls between the ages of 15-24 is depressingly high compared to the male counterparts.it is also a time when only 38% of children born with HIV were accessing lifesaving medication in the country. Concerted efforts are urgently needed to join campaigns that will scale down the 13,000 new infections among children annually.