HIV/AIDS in Ogun: 46,000+

HIV/AIDS in Ogun: 46,000+

Over 46,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS in Ogun State. That’s a lot of people! The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, shared this information with us recently. Let’s learn more about it!

The Numbers

Out of the 46,143 people living with HIV/AIDS in Ogun State, 33,489 have been identified and are receiving treatment. That’s great news! However, there are still 12,654 people who have not been reached yet. These individuals are spread across different communities in the state.

Efforts to Fight HIV/AIDS

Ogun State has been working hard to fight HIV/AIDS. Between 2020 and 2023, a total of 782,005 people were tested for HIV/AIDS, and 21,083 of them tested positive. The state has a prevalence rate of 1.6%, which means that 1.6% of the population is living with HIV/AIDS.

The state is determined to achieve the UNIADs 95-95-95 2030 goal, which means zero new HIV infections. To do this, they have established 400 testing centers across the 20 local government areas of the state. These centers help increase the state’s testing capacity.

Importance of Communities

The theme for the 2023 World AIDS Day celebration is “Communities: Leadership To End AIDS by 2030.” Communities play a crucial role in fighting HIV/AIDS because they can address the social and cultural factors that contribute to the spread of the virus.

Ogun State has been working closely with communities to tackle HIV/AIDS. They have increased the number of health facilities providing HIV services from 198 in 2019 to 497 in November 2023. They have also engaged 300 community testers to help find HIV cases and expanded their comprehensive treatment centers from 22 to 43.

UN’s AIDS End Goal

Testing in Tertiary Institutions

In addition to the community efforts, Ogun State has set up HIV test centers in some tertiary institutions across the state. These centers provide testing and counseling services to students. It’s important for everyone, especially young people, to get tested and know their HIV status to prevent the spread of the virus.

Remember, knowledge is power, and together we can end AIDS by 2030!

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