Buhari unveils Nigeria's AIDS indicator, impact survey results

Buhari unveils Nigeria's AIDS indicator, impact survey results

The report is contained in the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey which was organised by the Federal government and funded by the United States Government and other relevant stakeholders.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that UNAIDS is the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS and a special team handling all HIV/AIDS related crisis.

The new data differentiates HIV prevalence by state, indicating an epidemic that is having a greater impact in certain areas of the country.

President Muhammad Buhari presenting the survey stated that although HIV prevalence has reduced to 1.4 per cent, Nigeria can not still celebrate because now about a million of Nigerians with the virus is now not on treatment. "The official HIV prevalence for persons aged 15-49 years in Nigeria is now 1.4 per cent".

Speaking in Abuja, Nigeria, the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, welcomed the news that there are fewer people living with HIV in the country than previously estimated and launched the Revised National HIV and AIDS Strategic Framework 2019-2021, which will guide the country's future response to the epidemic.

The state with the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS is now Akwa Ibom.

"To halt the epidemic, we need to act now", said Sani Aliyu, Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS.

"The US government is proud to support Nigeria in conducting the NAIIS survey".

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Results released today by the Government of Nigeria indicate a national HIV prevalence in Nigeria of 1.4% among adults aged 15-49 years.

Mr Aliyu encouraged people living with HIV to get treatment and achieve viral suppression.

According to him, NAIIS is the largest HIV/AIDS specific single country survey ever done in the world which is truly representative of the entire population.

"I must also commend the efforts of scientist from Nigeria, U.S. University of Maryland, NAIIS team and all those who ensured that the survey was a success".

"We will ensure that we focus our efforts on ensuring those infected with HIV achieve viral suppression, minimising the risk of HIV transmission and moving Nigeria closer to controlling the HIV epidemic".

"I appreciate Mr President for adequate funding of the survey which was done in the most efficient manner and it is the largest survey done in nine months".

She said the measure would ensure treatment of women living with the disease to have babies free of HIV and AIDS.

He said this would guide the scale up of treatment and prevention services across all age groups.

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