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    Monday, 27 February 2017

    There are 3 million HIV+ people in Nigeria-AHF


     AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) says over 3 million people are living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in Nigeria.

    Dr. Penninah Lutung, Africa bureau chief for AHF disclosed this Monday in Benue state, saying that West Africa ranked the lowest in the prevalence rate of the virus in Africa continent.


    His words, “The prevalence of HIV is highest in the South Africa region where it is about 10 percent and South Africa has 18 percent followed by the East Africa bloc where prevalence rate is between 5 and 8 percent but West Africa overall has the lowest prevalence rate while Nigeria has about 3.4%.”

    “But Nigeria is a large country such that 3.4 percent in actual number means that about 3 million people are living with HIV in the country. In the whole world, Nigeria has the second largest number of people living with HIV.”

    Lutung however said the AHF’s vision of global AIDS control, the epidemic can be controlled if new infections are reduced drastically through the current number of strategies and modules being used as combination prevention.

    The Africa’s Bureau Chief stressed further that the foundation had existed for 30 years in 13 African countries including Nigeria which is only five years old in its service.

    Commenting, Country Programme Manager of AHF, Dr. Adetayo Towolawi, intimated that the foundation had committed more than N25 million to four new projects in Benue which included the building of new structures and rehabilitation of existing clinics donated to Daudu, Agasha, Gbajimba and Agan communities in different local government areas of the state.

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