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HIV MENACE: Girls between 15 and 24 years have the highest number of new infections

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Kenya’s quest to stop the spread of HIV is facing a new demographics challenge after it was found that girls aged between 15 and 24 now account for the highest number of new infections.

The 2018 Kenya Aids Response Progress Report shows that young women aged between 15 and 24 now account for one third of the 44,789 new HIV adult infections.

The National Aids Control Council (NACC) report shows that total new infections stand at 52,767 annually, including 7,978 children, meaning 14,929 girls aged between 15 and 24 were infected in 2017 alone.

Joshua Gitonga the head of Monitoring and Evaluation at NACC, reckons the rapid erosion of moral and social skills among the affected age group is to blame for the wild spread, especially in the cities where young women are dating older men for financial gain.

“Trans-generational sex that happens when girls go for older partners is something that cannot be overlooked,” he said.

Among young people between 15 and 24 years, Nairobi had the highest number of new infections at 2,587 followed by Homa Bay (1,852), Siaya (1,641), Kisumu (1,630) and Migori (1,143).

Mr Gitonga said the youth, especially young females, are not properly empowered to use available prevention methods.

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“This target group lacks comprehensive knowledge of HIV and do not have access to prevention methods because the majority rely on guardians for all their health issues,” said Mr Gitonga.

Early sexual activity is known to increase the period of time adolescents are exposed to the risk of sexually transmitted infections or unintended pregnancies.

The report, which also collates data among children and adults, says that new infections among those aged 15 years dropped from 48,108 in 2016 to 44,789 in 2017.

New infections among females are at 27,233 while that of males stand at 17,556.

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Body positivity: Kenyan celebrities who ignored body-shamers

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A number of celebrities have come forth preaching body positivity as they encourage women to love and embrace their bodies no matter what society thinks of them.

However, the internet is crawling with body-shamers who, like hyenas that have caught the scent of blood, are out to put down anyone whose body they deem unfit.

In a video shared her Instagram, media personality Lynda Nyangweso opened up about being body shamed. “Somebody called me whale,” she said in the video. “The meanest comment I ever got was that I didn’t deserve to have a child because of how I looked.

“When I was young, I would never eat in public. People would stare at me when I ate that I started eating in the toilet,” she confessed, her voice shaking as she recalled those hurtful moments.

The shaming got so bad that Lynda even contemplated suicide: “The only reason I didn’t go through with the suicide was because I worried that my mum wouldn’t find a coffin that fit me.”

Like Lynda, some celebrities have not let this cyber-bullying get to them. They are unashamed to wear what they like, take photos and even share them on social media all in an effort to put the shamers to shame.

“My sadness is for other girls who have to go through this,” Lynda says.

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“If I was to meet a bully I would show kindness. Stop following people who make you feel bad about yourself. Protect your peace,” she concludes.

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Man loses leg in attack by hyena

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A middle-aged man from Kyeleni village has lost his right leg after being mauled by a hyena on Monday night. Sources indicate the man, now admitted to Kangundo Level 4 Hospital, encountered the beast on his way home from a local shopping center.

He was later rescued by passers-by who rushed to the scene of the attack after he unleashed frantic screams.It is suspected that the beast strayed from Mt Kilimambogo’s Ol Donyo Sabuk National Reserve.

Kenya Wildlife Service officer, Polycarp Okuku who confirmed the incident said the victim was in a stable condition.

“The patient is recuperating in the hospital where he was rushed for treatment. Members of the public should report any wild animals they see in their neighbourhoods so that KWS can take necessary action to avert incidents such as this,” said Okuku

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Dedication of Bethesda Empowerment International Church (BEIC) new location in Atlanta this weekend

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Bethesda Empowerment International Church (BEIC) 10th Anniversary, Conference and church dedication are all happening this weekend beginning Friday July 19th through Sunday July 21st at the new location:  1345 Franklin Gateway SE, Marietta, Georgia, 30067.

The Guest Speaker will be Bishop Sammy Muya who will lead a host of other worship Ministers, including Ms Nelly Nemaiyan and Mr&Mrs Zablon Wangila.

“These will be three Great Days of God’s Word, Worship and celebration,” says the host Bishop, Rev Dr Joe Wamutitu.

“The stage is all set for the Conference and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for His people even as we celebrate what he has already done,” says First lady Antoninah Wamutitu.

“He has been our strong refuge and anchor for our souls. Come celebrate with us God’s faithfulness for 10 years and the blessings of sanctuary. Great is His faithfulness,” she adds.

This is a free event. Learn more about the church by clicking here.

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