Wow! You Will Be Shocked At The Number Of Nigerians Who Don’t Know Their HIV Status

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The AIDS Health Care Foundation (AHF), an NGO, has said that about 50 per cent of Nigerians (around 90 million) were yet to know their HIV status.

Mrs Oluwakemi Gbadamosi, the Advocacy Manager of the foundation, said this in Abuja in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Gbadamosi said the figure was worrisome because of Nigeria’s population of about 170 million people and its status as a country with the second highest burden of HIV in Africa after South Africa.

According to her, Nigeria’s current HIV testing uptake is quite low and for a country targeting 50 per-cent testing coverage, a robust community testing drive is needed to bridge the yawning gap.

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Speaking on the prevalence rate, Gbadamosi said the country had 3.1 per cent prevalence, with about 3.5 million people living with the disease globally.

She said the UNAIDS in 2013 put the figures at 3.5 million people living with HIV out of which 1.6 million people required anti-retro viral drugs.

The UNAIDS, she said, puts the treatment gap at over 54 per cent, revealing that only about 673,000 persons out of those living with the disease were currently accessing treatment.

 

Credits: NAN

 

See Also: Four Companies To Commence Production Of Anti-Retroviral Drugs In Nigeria


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