BBC (09.24.01) - Tuesday, September 25, 2001
A new survey on HIV/AIDS in Kenya has revealed that many
people there have not changed their sexual behavior, despite
the fact that the disease is killing up to 600 Kenyans a day.
In an independent poll commissioned by Kenya's leading media
organization, the Media Institute, more than 55 percent said
they thought condoms encouraged immortality. Of the 3,002
surveyed, 91 percent said they had heard of HIV/AIDS. Although
this suggests a high awareness of HIV/AIDS, it is lower than
some government estimates of 99 percent. Of those who do know
about the virus, some 12 percent said it had not made them
change their sexual behavior.
Overall, the survey gives the impression that although most
Kenyans know about the disease that is devastating their
country, they are confused about how to respond to it. One
clear message is the desire for more information. More than 80
percent of those who took part in the survey wanted education
about HIV/AIDS to begin in primary schools.