By Chioma Obinna
As Nigeria joined the rest of the world to celebrate this yearâ€™s World AIDS Day, Nigerian government has been given a pass mark on the reduction of HIV/AIDS prevalence in the last few years just as the issue of stigmatisation has been identified as a major challenge in the war against HIV and AIDS in the country.
Showering encomiums on Federal Government and other stakeholders in the fight against HIV/ AIDS, in a chat with Vanguard during a road show/awareness campaign in Lagos, SFH Assistant Manager, Health Communication, Mr. Desmond Iriaye declared that Nigeria was winning the war against HIV/AIDS as the prevalence is gradually dropping from what it used to be.
According to Iriaye, the National HIV Reproductive Health Survey conducted from 2003 to 2007 had continued to show appreciable drop in the prevalence rates of the virus.
The survey, according to him, which is usually done every two years, in collaboration with SFH and the Federal Ministry of Health in the last survey carried out in 2007 showed that the prevalence had dropped from over five per cent in 2005 to 3.2 per cent.
His words: â€œNigeria is wining the war because the National HIV Reproductive Survey in 2003 conducted by SFH in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health gave over 9 per cent prevalence rates.â€