NACA Reports 1.63m Undergoing Treatment

NACA Reports 1.63m Undergoing Treatment

Hey there! Did you know that there are over 1.6 million people in Nigeria who are currently undergoing treatment for HIV? That’s a lot of people! The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) recently shared this information during a press briefing in Abuja to mark World AIDS Day.

What is World AIDS Day?

World AIDS Day is celebrated every year on December 1st. It’s a special day when people all around the world come together to prevent new HIV infections, raise awareness about HIV, support those living with HIV/AIDS, and remember those who have lost their lives due to the disease.

The Current Situation in Nigeria

Nigeria has the second-largest number of people living with HIV in the world. Right now, there are about 1.8 million Nigerians who are estimated to have HIV. Out of these, around 1.6 million are already taking a medication called Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) that helps them stay healthy.

Who is Affected?

Did you know that HIV affects both males and females? In Nigeria, about 58% of the people living with HIV are female, while 42% are male. It’s also important to note that the rate of mother-to-child transmission of HIV is 22% on average in Nigeria. Some states have even higher rates, while a few have lower rates.

Nigeria’s Role in Ending AIDS

Nigeria has a big responsibility in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The country is responsible for about 30% of the world’s gap in achieving the goal of stopping mother-to-child transmission of HIV. But don’t worry, the government is committed to ending AIDS in Nigeria by 2030.

The Power of Communities

Communities play a crucial role in the fight against HIV/AIDS. They are the ones who show resilience, determination, and the will to make a difference. Community leaders can be policymakers, service providers, religious leaders, young people, and many others. Together, they work to improve access to HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support services.

Sanwo-Olu’s Healthcare Commitment

Addressing Inequalities

It’s important to address the social and structural factors that contribute to the spread of HIV. We need to make sure that everyone, regardless of their background, has equal access to life-saving prevention, treatment, and care services. This includes services that are available to all Nigerians.

Conclusion

In conclusion, there are over 1.6 million Nigerians who are currently receiving treatment for HIV. World AIDS Day is a special day where we come together to fight against HIV/AIDS and support those who are affected by it. Let’s continue working towards the goal of ending AIDS in Nigeria by 2030!

 

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