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HIV prevalence rate in Nigeria falls marginally

By Chioma   Obinna

ABUJA – A new HIV Sero-Prevalence Sentinel Survey conducted among the antenatal clinic attendees in Nigeria has shown that the epidemic curve of the pandemic is on the decline in the country with overall 2010 National prevalence put at  4.1 per cent.

With the current national prevalence, the number of people infected is estimated at about 3.1 million and this means that Nigeria still has the second largest number of people living with HIV&AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa and the highest in the West African sub-region.

Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, who released the report yesterday in Abuja attributed the decline to the effectiveness of HIV prevention/ intervention strategies adopted in the country.
Giving insight into the sentinel survey, Chukwu said the results had further confirmed that the HIV and AIDS epidemic in Nigeria remains a public health problem of enormous magnitude that must be given priority attention.

According to him, the epidemic has affected all parts of the country with varying degrees of severity.

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