History of HIV and AIDS in Kenya: Evolution and Contemporary Issues

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In this book, we provide a historical perspective of HIV in Kenya. Initially the reader is introduced to historical perspectives that include theories around HIV acquisition both globally and locally in Kenya, in the early days when little was known about the malady. Approaches for HIV control in the absence of highly active antiretroviral therapy are also discussed. Later, the reader is taken through the in-country response to HIV by different stakeholders. This includes a walk down memory lane on developments in HIV testing, prevention of mother to child transmission, use, scale up and evolution of antiretroviral therapy, prevention, and finally palliative care.



Kenya is at the cusp of attaining HIV epidemic control. With a four-decade old epidemic, that at its height ravaged through the country with devastating effects at all levels, the foreseeable end is indeed a momentous feat. Yet, as we forge into the future, it would be remiss of us to fail to honour the work and lives of all who in some way contributed to the gains that we see today. The epidemic now calls for new thinking. The challenge is different; and that is to end AIDS as a public health threat sustainably. Written by five authors who served as front line health workers during the height of the HIV epidemic and continue to be involved in the response, this book will appeal to many a reader. Policy makers, educationists, students, scientists, anthropologists, historians, faith and lay communities will all resonate with the book. By providing a historical chronology of events in Kenya’s HIV response, myths and misconceptions, scientific and programmatic advances, the authors provide useful insights into the past, contemporary issues and provide a sneak preview to what the future holds.

Embarking on a profound journey through time and socio-medical landscapes, ‘History of HIV and AIDS in Kenya: Evolution and Contemporary Issues’ stands as an indispensable testament to the resilience and complexities of Kenya’s battle against HIV/AIDS. One obvious strength of this book is the blend of perspectives from the different authors with diverse backgrounds including nursing, social science, public health, and clinical medicine. The authors’ keen insights and attention to detail not only provide a historical context but also shed light on the current challenges and advancements in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Kenya. With a compelling narrative that seamlessly weaves together historical accounts and current realities, the author provides a comprehensive and empathetic exploration of the human stories behind the statistics. A remarkable blend of scholarship and compassion, this book is an essential read for anyone seeking a deep understanding of Kenya’s unique journey in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, and of the impact of this global health crisis on the country. Furthermore, this book stands as a testament to the author’s expertise and dedication to unraveling the intricate tapestry of Kenya’s journey in combating the scourge of HIV/AIDS. Finally, this book speaks to the strength of the human race to be able to stand up tall in the face of adversity of this magnitude with the desire to survive even the worst of chronic and lingering medical disasters that it has faced to date [Prof. Walter Jaoko; Professor of Medical Microbiology and Tropical Medicine & Director, KAVI – Institute of Clinical Research, University of Nairobi].

1 review for History of HIV and AIDS in Kenya: Evolution and Contemporary Issues

  1. Maureen

    A must have book

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