Nigeria accounts for half of new HIV infections in West Africa – UN

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The United Nations HIV/AIDS agency (UNAIDS) Executive Director Michel Sidibe said about half of persons newly infected with HIV in West Africa are Nigerians.

Sidibe made this claim while speaking during the presentation of the agency’s report for 2017.

He said, “Some countries continue to concern us, such as Nigeria which accounts for about half of all new infections in West Africa.”

Hailing progress in curbing new infections and deaths, the agency nevertheless lamented the mounting human toll: almost 80 million infections and 35.4 million lives lost since the first cases became known in the early 1980s.

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