FG lists six categories of persons, professionals with highest HIV rate

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OrijoReporter.com, National Agency for the Control of AIDS

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, the federal government’s agency monitoring the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV, has revealed that the disease is more prevalence among categories of persons and professionals in the country.

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NACA’s DG, Dr. Sani Aliyu, disclosed this in Abuja on Friday at a lecture organised by the Ministry of Defence in conjunction with the United States Department of Defence Walter Reed Programme Nigeria and themed: “HIV infection in Nigeria: Current trends, challenges and the way forward.”

Aliyu while delivering his paper, said statistic indicated that the police, the armed forces, transport workers, sex workers, homosexuals and drug addicts were the six groups with the highest risk of the virus adding that Nigeria is the second largest HIV epidemic in the world.

His word: “Nigeria has the second largest HIV epidemic in the world. The factors include: inadequate knowledge of HIV transmission and prevention, low risk perception, low uptake of HIV testing services, multiple concurrent partnerships, ineffective and inefficient services for sexually transmitted infections.

“The six target groups mostly at risk of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria are female sex workers, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, transport workers, men of the armed forces and the police.”

 

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