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2.3 million Nigerians undergoing HIV treatment – IHVN

2.3 million Nigerians undergoing HIV treatment – IHVN

The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria says more than 2.3 million Nigerians are undergoing HIV testing and treatment in parts of the country. The Chief Executive Officer of the institute, Dr. Patrick Dakum, disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja. Dakum said that more people were being tested and placed on anti-retroviral treatment in nine priority local government areas in Benue, Nassarawa, and the FCT Abuja.

According to him, more than 2.3 million people have been provided with HIV testing services out of which over 25,000 people tested positive to HIV. The chief executive officer added that more than 23,000 people living with HIV have been placed on treatment.

Dakum said that the IHVN is currently working in eight local government areas to achieve epidemic control as part of the 90-90-90 strategy of reaching 90 per cent of people in communities with high burden of HIV with HIV testing services. This “includes giving quality treatment to 90 per cent of those identified as HIV positive and ensuring viral suppression in at least 90 per cent of those being treated. Read more

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