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Survey: Bomet leads in HIV/AIDs in Rift valley

02 December 2014, 10:55 Adams Langat

Bomet- HIV/AIDs prevalence rate in Bomet County stands at 5.8%, the Bomet County Executive Committee (CEC) for Health Dr Stanley Kiplangat has said.

Speaking during the marking of the World’s AIDs Day in Bomet Green Stadium, Dr Kiplangat said the ranking was released after a survey done by the National AIDs Control and STI Program (NASCOP) in the year 2013.

Kiplangat noted that the County now leads in the Rift Valley province and is ranked seventh in the country according to the survey.

“We have put in place measures to ensure that the rate is cut down ... and we will employ 173 health workers to ensure that this is realized,” he said.

Read Also: Governor sets aside KES 55M to fight against HIV/AIDs

The CEC further called on all people to abstain from unprotected sex especially with people whose HIV status is not yet known.

“Young people should abstain or if they can’t, they should have protected sex. We shall work round the clock to ensure that this HIV prevalence rate reduces and we plan to achieve this by working with people who have the virus so as to act as peer educators,” he said.

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