Know your HIV status, Agency urges Nigerians


75% of all people living with HIV knew their HIV status in 2017.

The National strategic plan for HIV/AIDS suggests that bio-behavioural surveys confirm that HIV prevalence is high or "concentrated" among "key populations" that include female sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender, people who inject drugs and long-distance truck drivers and migrants. It is also crucial to achieving the 90-90-90 targets and empowering people to make choices about HIV prevention so they can protect themselves and their loved ones.

Over 2.1 million people live with HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean, 1.6 million of whom know their status.

Health authorities in ME are encouraging people to use World AIDS Day to learn their status about the disease. It is a time for people to unite in the fight against the spread of HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate friends and loved ones who lost their fight to AIDS.

- About 35 million people have died from AIDS- or HIV-related illnesses since 1981, including 940,000 in 2017. The virus can be also transmitted from mother to child.

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She said: "The most important thing in Nigeria's HIV response agenda is for all citizens to know their status". The agency's also reminding people ME that HIV care and prevention have dramatically changed since the discovery of the virus in 1984, and many patients are able to live long lives. Stigma and discrimination still deters people from taking an HIV test. Access to confidential HIV testing is still an issue of concern. Several IAS officers, film personalities, Movie Artistes Association president Shivaji Raja and others visited the stalls and appreciated the programmes being organised by the positive network organisation for HIV positive people.

- Every week, nearly 7,000 young women aged between 15 and 24 are infected with HIV.

"To date, significant progress has been made in the AIDS response for reducing the impact of the HIV pandemic in South Africa".

Over the years, we, as advocates and the medical community, have made great strides.

"In the hardest-hit countries, girls account for more than 80% of all new HIV infections among adolescents".