Nigeria Marks World AIDS Day: 1.8 Million Living with HIV, Majority Access Antiretroviral Therapy, Says NACA
Nigeria Marks World AIDS…
The observance of World AIDS Day, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) revealed that an estimated 1.8 million individuals are living with HIV in Nigeria. The Director-General of NACA, Dr. Gambo Aliyu, shared this information during a press briefing in Abuja. Notably, approximately 1.63 million people among them are already benefiting from Antiretroviral Therapy (ART), a crucial lifeline in managing the condition.
The theme for this year’s World AIDS Day is “Communities: Leadership to End AIDS by 2030.” The annual event, marked globally on December 1, serves as a platform to bolster efforts in preventing new infections, raising awareness about HIV, providing support to those living with or affected by the virus, and honoring the memory of those who lost their lives to AIDS-related complications.
Dr. Gambo Aliyu highlighted the progress made in Nigeria, emphasizing the significant number of individuals accessing ART. This underscores the country’s commitment to providing life-saving treatment and care for those affected by HIV/AIDS. The proactive approach aligns with the global goal of ending AIDS by 2030.
The headline succinctly captures the key points of the news, emphasizing Nigeria’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the strides made in ensuring access to Antiretroviral Therapy for a substantial portion of those affected.
As the nation commemorates World AIDS Day, the focus extends beyond the statistics to the role of communities in leadership, a theme that resonates with the collaborative effort required to achieve the 2030 target of ending AIDS. The occasion serves as a reminder of the ongoing commitment to HIV prevention, treatment, and support services, fostering a collective resolve to overcome the challenges posed by the epidemic in Nigeria.