Lagos records 9,579 fresh HIV cases in 6 months

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No fewer than 9,579 persons, of the 616, 318 that attended the HIV Counselling and Testing, HCT, awareness programme from January to June, 2016, have tested positive to HIV.

Dr. Oluseyi Temowo, Chief Executive Officer, Lagos State AIDS Control Agency, LSACA, made this known in Lagos, yesterday. Temowo spoke at a briefing in Ikeja to mark the 2016 World AIDS Day with the theme Hands Up for HIV Prevention.

The United Nations had, in 1988, declared every December 1 as the World AIDS Day, to honour AIDS victims and focus on issues surrounding HIV/AIDS. Temowo said that in 2015, 599,560 people were counselled, tested and received results out of which 15,311 people were found to be positive.

The LSACA chief said that 52,803 people living with the virus were currently on antiretrovirals. He said: “These statistics simply means that there are many more people who are not aware that they have the virus. That is why knowing one’s status is very important.

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TNV’s Take:

These are scary statistics. There are many people who are unsure of their status. Please know your status and more importantly, strap up!

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