HIV 15,000 targeted for counselling and testing in Lagos

Alhassan said the counselling and testing campaign was designed to promote the culture of HIV counselling and testing among Lagosians.

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No fewer than 15,000 people in Lagos are being targeted by the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA ), for HIV counselling and testing.

The group seeks to do this in the ongoing free medical outreach programme in Lagos.

Disclosing this during the flag-off of the exercise which is holding simultaneously in Kairo Market Oshodi and Ejigbo Market play ground both in Isolo-Oshodi Local Government Area, the Director Partnerships Coordination NACA, Dr. Emmanuel Alhassan stressed the need for every Nigerian to know his or her HIV status.

Alhassan said the counselling and testing campaign was designed to promote the culture of HIV counselling and testing among Lagosians.

He added that in terms of prevalence, Lagos state is actually higher (with a 5.1% average) than the national average (which is 3.4%) but not the highest, which is why its high on the group's priority 12+1 states.

He further said 12 states and the FCT account for about 70 percent of the HIV burden in Nigeria, even as he added that the testing programme was being done alongside other medical screening for hypertension, malaria among others.

For beneficiaries who tested negative, the Director stated that the team will give them tips on how they can stay negative.

He further announced that the rate of HIV transmission from mother to child has drastically reduced due to the various programmes of the government that ensure the pregnant women who are HIV positive don’t transmit to their children.

Alhassan, while stressing that the group would focus resources on the 12+1 states, added over 20 states of the federation and over 60 locations in the various 12+1 states had so far been covered.

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