A MESSAGE FROM THE HIV AND AIDS PREVENTION COMMITTEE
Kenya is one of the six HIV ‘high burden’ countries in Africa. By 2014, Kenya had an average HIV prevalence rate of 6% and with about 1.6 million people living with HIV infection. According to the National AIDS Control Council (NACC), the national HIV prevalence for the age bracket 15-64 years is 6% while the HIV prevalence among students in universities in Kenya is below the national average of 3.8 % for the age group of 15-24 years. Universities and institutions of higher learning in general, are populated by young people in the 17-24 age bracket. Data on the impact of HIV on universities is scanty, but the national data, indicates that the age bracket in universities is highly vulnerable to HIV infection.While in recent years there has been an overall decline in the incidence of HIV infection, the rates of new infections among the general population and young adults in particular, have not seen a proportionate decline.The University of Embu is committed to mainstreaming HIV/AIDS related issues in the University. The HIV and AIDS Prevention Committee coordinates matters related to prevention of HIV and AIDS in the University.Educationis key to preventing new infections and is likely to encourage a more respectful, open minded attitude towards HIV and AIDS. The HIV and AIDS Prevention Committee will therefore provide information to students and staff on HIV/AIDS prevention and management from time to time.