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3m Nigeria HIV positive — NACA

By Liade Akinboade

ABUJA—The Director General (DG), National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Professor John Udoko, has said about 3million Nigerians are living with the dreaded Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency syndrome
(AIDS), and out of this number 60% are women.

Prof. Udoko stated this yesterday, when he paid a visit to the Minister of Information and Communications, Professor Dora Akunyili. He said the transmission is mostly through heterosexual sex in Nigeria.

According to the DG, “National Sentinel Studies estimated that in 2008, 2.95 million Nigerians were living with HIV and AIDS, which is mostly transmitted through heterosexual sex.

The national response to the HIV pandemic is addressed under the multi-sectoral and multi-tiered 2005-2009 National Strategic Framework (NSF).”

He said presently in Nigeria there are over 300,000 infected people that are receiving anti-retroviral drugs.


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