Thousands of persons living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya are forced to discontinue their antiretroviral therapy as a result of the ongoing civil war and political violence across the picturesque and once serene nation.
The United Nations estimates "up to 250,000 people have either left or been forced from their homes" since violence broke out following Kenya's contested elections in December 2007. Of these displaced persons, "approximately 21,000 are living with HIV/AIDS."
Health advocates in the war torn East African nation say many "have not had access to clinics because of the violence or forced relocation", and, many others were forced to leave home without medications or medical records. Authorities fear conditions within camps for displaced persons "including reported outbreaks of sexual violence, will result in countless new HIV infections."
Here are some hard numbers: According to the United States Agency for International Development, in 1999, approximately 14 percent of adults in Kenya were HIV positive "but over the past five years, that number had dropped to five percent." In addition, Rod 2.0 has previously reported Kenya boasts one of the few African government HIV/AIDS plans that explicitly addressed gay men and authorities were considering decriminalizing homosexuality.
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