Nigeria recorded 77,000 new HIV infections and 43,000 AIDS-related deaths in 2022 - UN

Nigeria recorded 77,000 new HIV infections and 43,000 AIDS-related deaths in 2022

The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) says Nigeria recorded a total of 77,000 new HIV infections and 43,000 AIDS-related deaths in 2022.

The organization's National Program Officer, Doris Ogbang, made the disclosure on Tuesday, December 5, in Abuja, during the World AIDS Day (WAD) commemoration by the UN system in Nigeria.

She said 60% of new HIV infections in Nigeria were women, 40% were men, 29% were children and 17% were young people aged between 15 and 24 years.

She said 1.9 million people are living with HIV in Nigeria, including 1.8 million adults (92%) and 160,000 (8%) children.

Ogbang said that globally, about 1.3 million new HIV infections occurred in 2022, with 46% of them being women and 54% men.

She said that to end AIDS it is necessary to end inequalities and combat stigma and discrimination against people living with the disease.

She added that priority needs to be given to HIV prevention, integration and sustainability of the response.

UNAIDS Country Representative Dr Leo Zekeng, who was represented by the Senior Strategic Information Advisor, said it is important for communities to lead the HIV response in the country.

He said evidence from the past 40 years has demonstrated the effectiveness of the community-led HIV response, adding that this is why this year's World AIDS Day theme is dedicated to the community.

He said the joint UN country team, made up of 11 agencies, has a joint plan to support the AIDS response from 2024 to 2025 and has mobilized $800,000 to achieve that goal.

Source: www.lindaikejisblog.com

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