In a recent report by the Federal Government, Nigeria has been ranked #1 on a list of countries with high transmission of the HIV virus from mother to child.
The Minister of Health, Professor Issac Adewole at a launch of a roadmap on implementation of the National Treatment and Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV/AIDS, reiterates that the nation currently has over 30% of children born with HIV/AIDS worldwide, a fact that is alarming.
“There is no reason why Nigeria should be the highest producer of babies infected with HIV because, we have put in great efforts in the past. Obviously, more is required to achieve more results,” he added.
The report goes on to state that over 3.1 million Nigerians are living with the HIV virus.
Here are Some Other Facts about HIV/AIDS in Nigeria You Should Know
– 26.9% of Mother-to-Child transmission of HIV has been recorded in Nigeria alone.
– In 2016, only about 32% of pregnant women living with HIV had access to HIV prevention from mother to child.
– Nigeria is known to have the second largest HIV epidemic the world over.
– A staggering 58% of people living with HIV in Nigeria are women.
– Only about 5% reduction of HIV cases have been recorded between 2010 and 2017.
– There are about 210, 000 new infections springing up with an estimated 150,000 AIDS-related deaths.
– Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Akwa Ibom, Oyo, and Benue are states with the highest records of people living with HIV, accounting for 41% of HIV cases in Nigeria.
– Generally, only about 33% of people living with HIV have access to antiretroviral treatment.
– Three groups of persons are known to have the highest cases of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria: homosexual men (23%), sex workers (14.4%), and those who inject hard drugs (3.4%).
– Of the 220,000 children living with HIV in Nigeria, only about 26% have access to antiretroviral treatment.
– In 2017, over 1.8 million children became orphans due to HIV/AIDS.
– The UNAIDS has a Catch-Up Plan to enrol an additional 140,000 affected children in West and Central Africa on antiretroviral treatment by 2020.