Nigerians have been asked to know their HIV status in order to be appropriately positioned to help control the virus’s spread.
Dr. Gambo Aliyu, Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, who made the appeal, stated that early diagnosis is feasible through free testing and counseling at government hospitals and centers across the country.
Aliyu, speaking ahead of the 2022 National HIV Testing Day, which takes place today, June 27, said the event aims to raise HIV awareness and education.
Noting that testing is the entry point to HIV services, Aliyu stated that this year’s theme is HIV Testing is Self-care.
“The sooner someone is diagnosed with HIV and begins life-saving therapy, the greater their prospects of managing the virus and preventing its spread.” People can live long and healthy lives if HIV is detected early and treated and cared for properly.”
“HIV testing is free and confidential in all government hospitals,” Aliyu added. Call HIV Toll Free Number 6222 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday to find an HIV testing centre near you. HIV self-tests are also available and can be completed at people’s leisure. If we know our HIV status, we can stop and prevent the spread of HIV.
The national HIV prevalence among adults aged 15 to 49 years in Nigeria is 1.4 percent. In Nigeria, an estimated 1.9 million people are infected with HIV.