No fewer than 306,489 individuals examined optimistic for Human Immunodeficiency Virus in 2021, in accordance with the Nationwide Company for the Management of AIDS.
The information, solely obtained by , revealed that the 306,489 individuals, who examined optimistic for the an infection, have been among the many 7,647,637 individuals that have been examined for HIV and obtained leads to 2021.
HIV is a virus that regularly assaults the immune system, which is the physique’s pure defence towards sickness.
The virus makes it tough for the our bodies of contaminated individuals to combat illnesses.
The information additionally reveals that 1,789,944 individuals dwelling with HIV are at present receiving antiretroviral remedy.
The Nationwide HIV Testing Day is widely known yearly on June 27.
In a press launch made out there to our correspondent in Abuja on Monday, the Director-Normal of NACA, Dr Gambo Aliyu, mentioned, “The sooner somebody is recognized as dwelling with HIV and initiated on life-saving remedy, the higher probabilities of controlling the virus and stopping the unfold.
“Folks can dwell lengthy and wholesome lives with early detection of HIV and correct remedy and care.”
The Nationwide HIV Testing Day-themed “HIV testing is self-care” goals at sensitising folks to get examined and hyperlink those that examined optimistic to care and assist out there to them.
The DG famous that HIV testing is free and confidential in all authorities hospitals.
“We are able to finish and forestall the unfold of HIV if we all know our HIV standing. Testing is the gateway to HIV providers,” he mentioned.
A medical virologist and immunologist on the Adeleke College, Ede, Osun state, Dr Oladipo Kolawole, mentioned there are possibilities that the an infection price will proceed with out early detection and remedy.
He added that there’s the necessity to enhance consciousness and enhance the nation’s testing capability.
“The federal government must stand up and assist that system in order that extra sensitisation will be accomplished and make the assessments extra accessible, not ready till the world AIDS days is commemorated,” he mentioned.