No fewer than 44,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS across the 13 local government areas and 18 development areas in Nasarawa State, the Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Dr. Gambo Gumel Aliyu, has said.
Out of this number, about 22,000 of them are at large throughout the state — that is to say, they are not on treatment, he added.
The NACA DG said, “About 44,000 people are living with the HIV/AIDS in Nasarawa State, out of which about 22,000 are at large.
“These 22,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in the state, who are at large, are the ones that we are looking for.”
He, however, stated that NACA has done very well in the last 15 years by reducing the burden of HIV/AIDS prevalence to 1.4 per cent from 4.4 per cent in the country.
Aliyu continued: “In the last 15 years, we were talking of 3.5 million people living with the epidemic in Nigeria. But today, we are talking of about 1.9m people with the disease, or less, across the country.”
“NACA is in Nasarawa State to push the fight against HIV/AIDS to the last mile.
“That is to say, everyone is being tested to know their status so that those that are HIV/AIDS positive are treated, while those who test negative remain negative for the rest of their lives.”