On 1st December 2022, Kenya joined the rest of the world in commemorating World AIDS Day which was hosted nationally in Bungoma County but celebrated across all 47 counties. This year’s theme is Equalize. It encourages people to unite globally to eliminate the disparities and inequities that create barriers to HIV testing, prevention, and access to HIV care. In Kenya, this is a call to address new HIV infections and invest in commodity security that will End AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.
In 1988 the global community set aside every December 1 to commemorate World AIDS Day to renew their commitment to ending AIDS as a public health threat. In Kenya, the first case was officially recorded 38 years ago. Since then, the Country has lost more than 2 million people to AIDS-related deaths.
After close to four decades of intervention, the Country has made significant progress. HIV prevalence among adults (15-49 years) in the general population has declined from 9.1% in 2000 to 4.3% in 2021. New HIV infections reduced from about 101,448 in 2013 to 34,540 in 2021, while annual AIDS-related deaths declined from 52,964 in 2010 to 22,373 in 2021.
Currently, there are 1.4 million people living with HIV in Kenya with 200,000 of them out of antiretroviral treatment.
In line with the 2022 World AIDS Day global theme, Equalize, and guided by the strategic direction of the Kenya AIDS Strategic Framework II, 2020/21-2024/25, Kenya has adopted the theme #Sawazisha: End the Triple Threat as a prompt call for collective action to end new HIV infections, sexual and gender-based violence and adolescent pregnancies that perpetuate inequalities among adolescents and young people.