words Aids Day
AZIMA WELLNESS 66 DAYS LIFESTYLE ADJUSTMENT AND BEHAVIOR CHANGE CHALLENGE
HIV Aids is a lifestyle disease like diabetes
Today is 1st December. This is the day the entire world come together to mark world Aids day since 1988. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died from the disease. It is a day used to advance the efforts done towards campaign for AIDS prevention and control.
We classify Aids as one of the big 5 lifestyle diseases we are focusing on. Just like diabetes and cancer, Aids is a disease that can be prevented through lifestyle adjustment and behavior change modifications. Reckless (irresponsible) sexual behaviors with multiple partners is the main cause of Aids. It is morally, ethically and spiritually wrong to have multiple sexual partners. We must protect the sanctity of sex and do it only as God wanted us to.
As of 2017, AIDS had killed between 28.9 million and 41.5 million people worldwide. This is genocide. No war has killed this high number of people. And it does not end there. An estimated 36.7 million people currently live with HIV Aids making it one of the most important global public health issues in recorded history. All these deaths and suffering are needless and the money used in managing it deny other more deserving human development indexes.
HIV/Aids; The Kenyan case in numbers
The following data highlight the spread of HIV in Kenya
-There were 1,493,382 recorded cases of Kenyans living with HIV as at August 2018. There are many people who do not know their status and therefore not included in this data.
-Total number of new infections now stands at 52,767 per year
-Five Counties account for half of all the new infections in adults.
- Nairobi (7,159),
- Homa Bay (4,558),
- Siaya (4,039),
- Kisumu (4,012) &
- Migori (2,814).
These counties also recorded the highest number of deaths from HIV-related illnesses despite having a high concentration of awareness programmes. They thus have the highest number of patients on anti-retroviral (ART) drugs.
- Nairobi leads with 140,000 patients on ARV,
- Kisumu (101,527),
- Homa Bay, (100,667),
- Siaya (80,000) &
- Migori (65,820).
For children, Homa Bay County has the highest number of children on ART with 9,655, followed by Kisumu (8,225), Nairobi (7,611), Siaya (7,462) and Migori (6, 175).
There are 184,719 HIV-positive youth (15-24 years) and this age group accounts for 17,667 of the total new infections, and 2,830 HIV-related deaths. This should be addressed through combined efforts by all people of goodwill. These numbers add to the strain in our inadequate health facilities, resources and medics. Our ratio of doctor to patients is way outside the WHO recommended ratio. This is the case also with nurses and health facilities. HIV also frustrates the nutritional food supply to Kenyans.
We can all join this campaign in our small ways by being a loud voice calling for lifestyle modification and behavior change. Cancer is recording 48,000 new infections per year. If we add the 53,000 HIV cases each year, our healthcare budget is strained by lifestyle diseases leaving very little for diseases the victims can do little about.
Our youths are at the highest risk. They are the most sexually active and therefore more exposed to infections. The internet and the mobile phones have exposed more of them to deviant behaviors like homosexuality and pornography. The effects of the collapse of our societal norms is being reflected by the high number of youths getting infected with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The numbers are scaring for lack of a better word to bring it squarely home.
I express my fears for the many girls who got children during the recent national exams. It sends a chill down my spine when I remember that their sexual partners were reported to be Boda Boda riders and Matatu touts. These are the people with the highest risk of contracting HIV/Aids.
The results are manifesting clearly. Numbers don’t lie as the diagram below shows;
Azima wellness has classified HIV among the lifestyle diseases list because, diseases frustrate our efforts to spread wellness and is a major threat to our economy. We can choose not to get Aids by adjusting our lifestyle and behavior change. We will discuss in details what we should do to stay safe from this scourge in the 2nd half of our 66 days challenge. Keep it here for more.
Your total wellness is our concern.
With kind regards
Cc: kevin Ochieng