306,489 Tested Positive For HIV In 2021- NACA

306,489 Tested Positive For HIV In 2021- NACA

306,489 Tested Positive For HIV In 2021- NACA

306,489 Tested Positive For HIV In 2021- NACA306,489 Tested Positive For HIV In 2021- Says NACA

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS reported that in 2021, no fewer than 306,489 people had positive HIV tests.

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The data, which The PUNCH got exclusively, showed that of the 7,647,637 people who were tested for HIV and received results in 2021, 306,489 were found to be infected.

The immune system, which is the body’s natural defense against illness, is increasingly under attack by the HIV virus.

The virus makes it tough for infected people’s systems to fight off illnesses.

The data also shows that 1,789,944 persons living with HIV are currently receiving antiretroviral therapy.

National HIV Testing Day is celebrated annually on June 27.

In a press release made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Monday, the Director-General of NACA,

Dr. Gambo Aliyu, said,

“The earlier someone is diagnosed as living with HIV and initiated on life-saving treatment, the better chances of controlling the virus and preventing the spread.

“People can live long and healthy lives with early detection of HIV and proper treatment and care.”

306,489 Tested Positive For HIV In 2021- NACA

The National HIV Testing Day-themed “HIV testing is self-care” aims at sensitizing people to get tested and link those who tested positive to care and support available to them.

The DG noted that HIV testing is free and confidential in all government hospitals.

He said,

“We can end and prevent the spread of HIV if we know our HIV status. Testing is the gateway to HIV services.”

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A medical virologist and immunologist at the Adeleke University, Ede, Osun state, Dr. Oladipo Kolawole, said there are chances that the infection rate will continue without early detection and treatment.

He added that there is a need to increase awareness and increase the country’s testing capacity.

He said,

“The government needs to rise up and support that system so that more sensitization can be done and make the tests more accessible, not waiting until the world AIDS days is commemorated.”

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