- The findings have challenged the assumption that only young people face issues with condom usage.
- Older men, aged 50 and above, are contributing to a surge in HIV infections among young girls
A recent report from the National Syndemic Disease Control Publication (NSDCC) has revealed that older Kenyan men aged 50 and above are contributing to a surge in HIV infections among young girls due to improper condom usage.
According to the report, these older Kenyan men lack the knowledge and skills required to correctly and consistently use condoms leading to the unintentional spread of HIV.
Dr. Ruth Laibon Masha, the CEO of (NSDCC), stated that their organization had been working diligently to ensure that every sexually active individual in Kenya had access to a sustained supply of quality condoms, along with the correct knowledge, skills, and motivation to use them effectively.
However, their findings have challenged the assumption that only young people face issues with condom usage.
“Young girls were having sex with older men from a generation that is not used to wearing condoms, “Some do it inside out, in darkness, apply oil, while some tear with their teeth and puncture them,” she said.
Approximately 1.4 million people are living with HIV with a 4.2% national prevalence, an estimated 41,416 new infections which reflects a 44% reductions of new infections
Out of the 1.4 million Kenyans living with HIV, approximately 1,160,479 adults and 72,968 children were on anti retro viral therapy as of 2019 according to AHF Kenya.