Report: South South Nigeria has highest number of HIV infected persons

The Nigeria South-South zone records the highest number of persons living with HIV with  3.1% prevalent rate, while the North West has the lowest with 0.6 %.

Mr. Sani Aliyu Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) made this known in Abuja at the research validation.

Aliyu revealed that Nigeria has 1.9 million Nigerians living with HIV/ AIDS.

He also revealed that among those living with HIV, women have the highest number.

This is a decline of previous surveys which showed the country recorded   3.2 million people living with HIV.

The Nigerian government was funded by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Global Fund to fight HIV, TB and Malaria, and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to carryout HIV survey last year.

Part of the study was to find out means of eradicating HIV from Nigeria.

Aliyu used the occasion to appeal to all HIV patients to go for early treatment.

Mr. Isaac Adewole, Nigeria’s Minister of Health, said the survey has provided Nigeria with accurate figure of HIV patients.

He also appealed to HIV patients to come out and take early treatment as that will go a long way in curbing the disease.

The minister disclose that government is giving prime attention to pregnant woman who have HIV, and appeal to them to approach government hospital for treatment.

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