World Aids Day, which is marked on December 1, every year, is a good opportunity to reflect on this major public health challenge.
And today, Kenyans will join other people worldwide to discuss the pandemic.
A lot of progress has been made in recent years in creating awareness about HIV/Aids in Kenya.
The message that needs to be reemphasised is that there is no cure for Aids yet, and, therefore, the people must fully protect themselves.
The health authorities deserve kudos for the commendable work they have done to fight the stigma around HIV/Aids.
Many people are now more informed about how to protect themselves.
But equally important is the fact that unlike some years back, HIV is no longer a death sentence.
There is sufficient knowledge and care to enable those infected to continue living fairly long lives.
But HIV/Aids remains a national burden, afflicting the most active and productive segment of society.
The enormity of the problem is evident in the fact that nearly 1.6 million
Kenyans are living with HIV, and every year, 89,000 adults and 11,000 children are infected.
Last year, there were 36,000 Aids-related deaths. Providing anti-retroviral drugs is costly.
A lot more work needs to be done to increase awareness and reduce the infection rate.