Nairobi study shows HIV infected children to have learning problems

By Gatonye Gathura

A study at Kenyatta National Hospital shows HIV infected children and adolescents have poor learning abilities even when on antiretroviral treatment.

The first such study in Kenya suggests the Aids virus continuously destroys the learning ability of children and adolescents.

From the findings, researchers at the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Nairobi, suggest special programmes for HIV infected school children.

Led by Otsetswe Musindo the team had assessed 90 HIV positive children aged 8-15 years attending the Comprehensive Care Clinic at Kenyattta National Hospital.

The study published on 22nd January 2018 in the Journal Aids Care found 60 per cent of the children to have poor learning abilities.

This was directly linked to their HIV status. “The current study demonstrated a high prevalence of neurocognitive deficits among HIV positive children attending the KNH clinic. There are an estimated 220,000 children living with HIV in Kenya.






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