Friday, 22 March, 2019

Nigeria Is The 4th Country With Highest HIV/AIDS victims - Minister

FG UNAIDS sign cooperation agreement Number of Nigerians living with HIV/AIDS drops to 1.9m
Celia Hoffman | 17 March, 2019, 11:56

According to the NAIIS results, 1.9 million people are presently living with the virus in the country.

The size estimate of the key population identified Kaduna state with the highest number of female sex workers and people who inject drugs active hotspots with Kano State identified as the state with the highest numbers of men who have sex with men active hotspots.

The survey which was launched by the Federal Government in June 2018 reached around 220,000 people in about 100,000 households and was conducted between July and December 2018. Adewole noted that based on the survey, the new position places Nigeria after South Africa, India and Mozambique.

Also, it was reported that nearly half of people living with HIV in Nigeria achieved viral suppression.

"However, it is time for us to leverage on the result and ensure that no baby is born with HIV in Nigeria", he added.

"I want to appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari, public and private organisations, the U.S. Government that supported the survey and Nigerians for their cooperation during the survey". Now that we have data that will help us target for impact, I urge all of us not to relent in this fight, but to increase the momentum in a concerted effort to end the epidemic ahead of 2030. "Let us work collectively and push for the last mile".

This was disclosed by the Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) Dr Sani Aliyu during the formal unveiling of the findings by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja.

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"The official HIV prevalence for persons aged 15-49 years in Nigeria is now 1.4 percent". Among children aged 0-14 years, HIV prevalence according to the new data is 0.2%.

The survey, which is the largest HIV survey in the world, reached more than 250,000 respondents in almost 100,000 households in the 774 local government areas of the country.

The President said he was excited that the rate of Persons Living with the scourge has dropped to 1.9m.

According to results from the survey conducted among adults between the age of 15 to 64 years across the six geo-graphical zone, the North Central zone follows closely with 2.1 per cent, while the South East zone is at 1.9 per cent.

"This survey is good news, because it is showing clearly that we have less people infected with HIV, less cases of new infection and less death due to HIV".

He said availability of accurate and reliable HIV data for the country was crucial for planning effective health intervention to arrest the HIV epidemic and ultimately rid the country of this health threat.

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