UNAIDS: 60,000 Lagos residents living with HIV/AIDS at large

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The Country Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), Dr. Erasmus Morah, has revealed that out of the 120,000 Lagos residents living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV/AIDS 60,000 are yet to show up for treatment and are still at large.

Also, the United States Government, has disclosed that about 870,000 Nigerians, consisting of men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS are currently on treatment.

It said they are being treated under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, PEPFAR, Nigeria HIV/AIDS’ intervention initiative.

UNAIDS and US government disclosed these, Thursday, at the formal dissemination of the Lagos state local government disaggregated Nigeria HIV/ AIDS indicator and impact survey (UNAIDS) data and the inauguration of the Lagos state HIV Consortium group by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in Victoria Island.

Morah said, “Many of this 60,000 Lagosians are not even aware they are living with the virus while those aware are not willing to come forward for treatment because of stigma and they risk transmitting it to others.

“These people needs the government’s protection so that they can be put on treatment.”
He stated further that the two ways to attack HIV/AIDS is to eliminate mother to child transmission and to resurrect public health centres.

Source: Vanguard Ng

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