1.9 Million Nigerians Living With HIV – NACA 

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The Nigerian HIV/AIDs Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) indicates that about 1.9 million Nigerians are currently living with the disease, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has said.

The Director-General of the agency, Sani Aliyu, made this known during the announcement of the NAIIS result at the Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja on Thursday.

He said the percentage of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in Nigeria, among the age group of 15-49 years, is 1.4 per cent (1.9 per cent among females and 0.9 per cent among males.)

He also said viral suppression among PLHIV aged 15 to 49 years old with access to treatment stands at 42.3 per cent (45.3 per cent among women and 34.5 per cent among men).

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

Mr Aliyu said it is important for all people living with HIV to get treatment and achieve viral suppression.

According to him, the government and its partners have what it takes to support people who are HIV-positive, “to provide treatment, to protect their families and to help people live long and healthy lives.”

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