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Kenya Sees Drop in HIV Prevalence

September 20, 2013

Preliminary Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey (KAIS) results showed that Kenya's overall HIV prevalence dropped from 7.2 percent in 2007 to 5.6 percent in 2012. Peter Cherutich, head of prevention for Kenya's National AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections Control Program, attributed the prevalence decrease to more HIV-infected people receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART). Early ART could reduce heterosexual HIV transmission by as much as 96 percent, according to recent studies.

Officials feared that these gains would not be sustainable unless Kenya reduced its reliance on donor funding. At present, more than 70 percent of HIV-infected Kenyans with a

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