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NSDCC: Stopping new infections key to addressing HIV/AIDS burden

Stopping Mother-to-child transmission has been noted as an important strategy in reducing the number of new HIV infections in the country.

According to The National Syndemic Diseases Control Council (NSDCC) stopping of new infections can save Kenya millions of shillings spent on treatment and care for people living with the HIV virus.

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The council is therefore urging pregnant mothers to visit antenatal clinics early enough as a means of preventing the chances of passing the virus to their babies.

Kenya just like the rest of the world, is set to mark World AIDS Day in all counties on the 1st of December 2023.  Program Officer, County Support Division, NSDCC Douglas Bosire, says this year’s theme will be centered around the community

Meanwhile, NSDCC Statistician Japheth Kioko is asking people living with HIV to take their treatment as recommended to reduce mortality and improve their quality of life.

Kenya is committed to ending HIV as a public health threat by 2027 as per a directive by President William Ruto. The fight against HIV has been included in a drive for eliminating the triple threat; sexual gender-based violence, pregnancies, and HIV among adolescents and young people in Kenya.

Carol Gachacha
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