NIGERIA DROPS IN HIV/AIDS RATING

A new survey has suggested that Nigeria now has a population of 1.9 million persons living with HIV/AIDS, which means that the world’s largest black nation has dropped to 4th position in global HIV prevalence rate.

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 compared to the South.

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