Lagos government urges residents to know HIV status

Lloyd Russell Moyle speaking in Parliament

The Federal Government on Saturday stressed the need for all Nigerians to know their HIV status, saying there's enough drugs and plans to cover the free treatment of all who test positive to the virus.

1999 - The World Health Organization says AIDS is the fourth leading cause of global deaths and the number one killer in Africa.

According to aids.ua, in 2019, more than one million rapid HIV tests will be delivered to Ukraine.

- An estimated 77 million people have become infected with HIV since the start of the epidemic in 1981, including 1.8 million in 2017.

"On this World AIDS Day, UNAIDS is campaigning for people to know their HIV status and their viral load".

"In other words, the National AIDS Control Organisation must accelerate its HIV response so as not to roll back earlier gains and ensure a substantive decline in new infections to end AIDS", the report noted. Self-testing, community-based testing and multidisease testing are all helping people to know their HIV status.

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The Union government has set sights on reducing new HIV infections by 75% in the country by 2020. "Many people still only get tested after becoming ill and symptomatic". "In order to achieve this, we must address the barriers, such as stigma and discrimination, that prevent key populations from accessing testing and treatment services and fully exercising their right to health".

Smithson says HIV testing is an important component of the commemoration of world AIDS day. PAHO/WHO recommends that health systems expand options for HIV testing to include HIV self-tests and lay provider tests, which can be done at home, as well as in places other than health centres, with flexible hours and same-day results. Globally, 15- to 24-year-old women are twice as likely as young men to be infected.

"We have made tremendous progress in the global fight against HIV/AIDS".

- Nearly 22 million people were accessing antiretroviral drugs in 2017, compared with 8 million in 2010.

Despite this progress, however, in Latin America, the rate of new HIV infections remains unchanged at around 100,000 per year - a reduction of just 1 percent since 2010.

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