1.9m Nigerians living with HIV/AIDs - NACA
The Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDs, NACA, Sani Aliyu, has revealed that about 1.9 million Nigerians are currently HIV positive in the country.
He made this known in Abuja during the presentation of the survey result obtained from the recent survey conducted.
Briefing journalists at the State House Abuja, he said the percentage of people living with HIV in Nigeria are between the age of 15 to 49 years, 1.9 percent of them, are female, while 0.9, are male.
He noted that there was viral suppression among age 15 to 49 years old, with access to treatment at 45.3 percent among women, 34.5 among men, adding that the new data differentiate HIV, prevalence by indicating an epidemic that is having a greater impact in certain area of the country.
The survey also revealed that South-South zones of the country, has the highest HIV prevalence, among age group of 31 percent, aged between 15 to 49 years. It has among the same age group in the North central zones with 2.0 percent, and the North west 1.0 percent.
Aliyu said it is important for all people living with HIV to get treatment, and get viral suppression, noting that government and its partners, have what it takes to support people who are HIV positive to provide treatment, creating awareness, and help people live long.
The survey which is the largest in the world research around 220,000 persons in about 1000 household and was conducted between July and December 2018.
Before the survey about 3 million Nigerians, were estimated to be living with HIV, 1.1 million currently receiving treatment.
In his goodwill message, Executive Director of UNAID, Michael Sidibe, said the improved understanding of the country's HIV epidemics would allow to better reach people living with HIV and people at higher risk of acquiring it.
"I commends the government of Nigeria, and its partner for conducting this ambitious survey which provides us with better understanding of HIV epidemic," he stressed.
He further stated that efforts should be intensified to use the results from the survey to focus on service delivery prevention, treatment, and care service to the people in the greatest need and ensure that Nigerian gets on track to end AID epidemic by 2030.