Kwale, KENYA: Kwale county has been rated among the top counties leading with high HIV and Aids virus transmission, according to Coast Aids Control Council.
The council says 5.5 percent equivalent to 23,000 residents are infected with the virus.
Speaking with journalists in Ukunda Diani on Friday, Coast Aids Control Council activist Julius Koome said massive number of the victims are youth aged between 15-24 years and women.
He said the number is so huge compared to the national statistics, hence Kwale being rated as the top county leading with HIV infection in the coast region counties.
Koome said the increase has been contributed by youth involving themselves in sex business at a young age.
He further said the virus has also been transmitted through mother to child infections.
“This happens at a time when nine other counties have also been rated with high HIV infections, despite the virus infection rates having been reported to have reduced in the country.” Said Koome.
A big number of the infected persons led by youth are said to be ignorant of health centers visits available in the county.