Infection rate reduces in Nyeri , low uptake of men testing a concern to stakeholders

The rate of HIV/AIDS infection in Nyeri County has gone down over a couple of years even as stakeholders in the war against the scourge raise concern over low uptake of testing by men. The county HIV/AIDS coordinator, Jenifer Wanjiru, said the current estimated rate of infection stood at 3.7 per cent down from 4.3 per cent posted in the year 2012/13 according to Kenya Aids Survey.

The drop according to the coordinator is attributed to the sensitization campaigns being carried out with a view of reducing the rate of transmission. Speaking yesterday during the world aids day celebration at whispers to park in Nyeri Town, Ms Wanjiru, said there were 21, 428 persons living with the disease in the area whose population stood at 759, 164 according to the recently released population census.

Nyeri Town MP, Ngunjiri Wambugu, who also graced the occasion said despite HIV/AIDS being with us for decades, the stigma associated with it was still an obstacle in the war against the disease.