New survey results indicate that Nigeria has an HIV prevalence of 1.4%

Leslie Hanson
March 17, 2019

Nigeria has dropped from second to the fourth country worst hit by the Human Immuno Virus (HIV) epidemic in the world, as the results from Nigeria HIV/ AIDs Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS), shows that 1.9 million Nigerians are presently living with the virus.

"The Nigeria AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey was created to provide the data we need to plan adequately and consolidate on the progress towards the elimination of HIV in Nigeria".

The South-South zone of the country has the highest HIV prevalence, at 3.1 per cent among those aged 15-49 years.

The report also adds that the North-West has the lowest AIDS prevalence rate at 0.6 per cent, while the South-South geopolitical zone has the highest at 3.1 per cent.

While unveiling the survey results, President Muhammadu Buhari said the goal to end AIDs in Nigeria by 2030 was still feasible.

Tvc's Kemi Balogun reports that Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with an estimated population of 192 million.

"Let us use the results of this survey to better focus our delivery of HIV prevention, treatment and care services to the people in the greatest need and ensure that Nigeria gets on track to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030".


The NAIIS revealed Nigeria had fewer people living with HIV than previously estimated.

"Today is a critical turning point in Nigeria for an HIV epidemic that has killed many of our countrymen and women".

He added that the survey should however be used as a new beginning to do more work in the fight against the epidemic.

In his remarks, Onyeama said the cooperation agreement was a welcome development since it will enable government to have direct relationship with UNAIDS. "Everyone infected with HIV needs to get treatment so they can achieve viral suppression, especially pregnant women". We must ensure pregnant women have access to ANC services and are tested during every pregnancy.

"This result is good news as it indicates a lower burden which will indicate new people on treatment". In recent years, there has been a significant expansion in the country's response to HIV.

Modern anti-retroviral therapy has made it possible for HIV positive persons to live as long as their HIV negative counterparts. She made the call during a courtesy visit by Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), on Thursday, 14 March, 2019 at the State House, Abuja.

The survey, which is the largest in the world reached around 220,000 people in about 100,000 households and was conducted between July and December 2018.

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