By Abtadakon • 15th Mar 2019 • 36 views • 5 comments

HIV.jpgWith 1 . 9 million persons now living with HIV / AIDS in Nigeria , the world ’ s largest black nation has dropped to 4 thposition in global HIV prevalence rate, a new survey suggests .

The report is contained in the Nigeria HIV / AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey , which was organised by the Federal Government and funded principally by the United States Government and other relevant stakeholders .

Prior to the survey , Nigeria had the second highest HIV / AIDS prevalence with 3 . 2 million persons having the disease .

According to the report , the number of women with the deadly virus is twice the number of men that has it.

The state with the highest prevalence of HIV /AIDS is now Akwa Ibom . The survey also shows that northern Nigeria has a lower HIV / AIDS burden than the South .

It states that while the North - West has the lowest prevalence rate at 0 . 6 per cent , the South - South geopolitical zone has the highest with 3 .1 per cent .

Briefing journalists after the report was launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday , the Director - General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS , Dr Sani Aliyu , said Nigeria was behind South Africa , Mozambique and India .

Aliyu said the survey had a large sample size of 225 , 000 persons drawn from more than 97 , 000 households across all the local government areas of Nigeria , making it truly representative of the general population.

He said NAIIS was the biggest HIV survey done by any country anywhere in the world .

Aliyu said that at any point during the survey, the NAIIS project had at least 3 , 000 workers collecting and reporting data on the field .

The NACA boss said the survey measured the incidence and prevalence of HIV , level of virological suppression and the epidemiological impact of the HIV programme among different age groups.

He said , “ The survey we have done today shows that the prevalence of HIV / AIDS in Nigeria for people within the ages of 15 and 49 is 1 . 4 per cent . The number of persons living with HIV in Nigeria is also based on the population of the country .

“ The National Population Commission figure that we were given is a population of 193 million in Nigeria . So, based on that, our estimate of persons living with HIV / AIDS is now 1 . 9 million persons . The prevalence for women is 1 . 9 per cent and that of men is 0 . 9 per cent . So, for every two women that have HIV / AIDS , there is one man that has it . ”

In his remark, the Minister of Health , Prof . Isaac Adewole , thanked the US Government and Global Fund which contributed over $70 m to the project

Chief of Party for the NAIIS project , Aliyu Gambo , said the survey showed that there was a higher prevalence of HIV / AIDS in urban areas than rural settlements .

He said the North had lower prevalence of HIV /AIDS because of cultural behaviours.

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