HIV: Aisha Buhari urges regular testing to prevent mother-to-child transmission

17 March, 2019, 11:56 | Author: Sherman Richardson
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According to the NAIIS results, 1.9 million people are presently living with the virus in the country.

Isaac Adewole, made the new ranking known yesterday at the official announcement of the result of the NAIIS at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

In his goodwill message, the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, said the improved understanding of the country's HIV epidemic would allow Nigeria to better reach people living with HIV and people at higher risk of acquiring HIV.

According to the survey, the seven states with high prevalence are Akwa Ibom (5.6%): Benue (4.9%); Rivers (3.8%); and Taraba (2.7%).

"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".

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday unveiled the 2018 Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS), saying less Nigerians were living with the HIV virus when compared to the 2014 survey.

David Young who is the Charge de Affairs, Embassy of the United States of America, according to Premium Times, said "beyond the data, the survey has proved the capacity of Nigerians working together in solidarity with one another to rise and resolve challenges regarding the health and well-being of their brothers and sisters".

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

Aliyu assured that the survey would provide programme managers and policy makers with a more detailed and specific understanding of HIV epidemic in the country.

Buhari also noted that the results would provide the government with appropriate information that would enable the country beat the 2030 target of ending the epidemic.

He added that the survey should however be used as a new beginning to do more work in the fight against the epidemic.

"This survey is good news, because it is showing clearly that we have less people infected with HIV, less cases of new infection and less death due to HIV".

Modern anti-retroviral therapy has made it possible for HIV positive persons to live as long as their HIV negative counterparts. UNAIDS, the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria provided support for the work on the survey, which was overseen by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and implemented by the University of Maryland, Baltimore, with a scope that included all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria.

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