'Nigeria, fourth country with highest HIV/AIDS victims'

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At the national level, viral suppression among people living with HIV aged 15-49 years stands at 42.3% (45.3% among women and 34.5% among men).

Adewole disclosed this during the presidential unveiling of the 2018 Nigeria AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) result at the Banquet Hall of Aso Rock, Presidential villa.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that UNAIDS is the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS and a special team handling all HIV/AIDS related crisis. "According to the NAIIS results, the HIV prevalence in Nigeria is lower than previously thought, allowing the country to focus on providing services to the areas of greatest need to control the HIV epidemic..."

The report also adds that the North-West has the lowest AIDS prevalence rate at 0.6 per cent, while the South-South geopolitical zone has the highest at 3.1 per cent.

"It is important that all people living with HIV get treatment and achieve viral suppression".

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Adewole said this improvement was possible due to the huge committee the present administration had channelled towards the eradication of the disease.

"This is a transformative moment for the country, because the survey is the largest survey we have managed to have in the history of the response to HIV".

In his response, Sidibe said he was pleased to be in the ministry, particularly as the day witnessed the launch of the survey on HIV/AIDS by President Muhammadu Buhari.

"I want to also seize this opportunity to pay tribute to those who died during the process of the survey".

" Together, we can stop children from being born with HIV in Nigeria by the year 2020", she said.

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The event is being organized by the Minister of Health and the National Agency for the Control of Aids.

He said the survey was the best in the world because of the non-interference policy employed and the use of better quality laboratories. Adewole noted that based on the survey, the new position places Nigeria after South Africa, India and Mozambique.

She also encouraged government and relevant stakeholders to commit more resources to stem the epidemic among future generation of Nigerians.

"I appreciate Mr President for adequate funding of the survey which was done in the most efficient manner and it is the largest survey done in nine months". UNAIDS, the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria provided support for the work on the survey, which was overseen by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and implemented by the University of Maryland, Baltimore, with a scope that included all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria.

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