Riddle of gender disparities in HIV-Aids deaths

HIV/Aids screening test during a World Aids Day. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • According to the 2018 Kenya HIV Estimates Report, approximately 523,600 men and 864,600 women are currently living with HIV in the country.

  • Poor health-seeking behaviour, cultural socialisation, and intake of too much alcohol are some of the reasons contributing to the higher death rate in men.

  • Men are also more likely to drink, further worsening their chances of survival.

Men are far more likely to die from an HIV-related illness than women, although women are becoming infected with HIV at a much faster rate.

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