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Abuja Take The Lead In HIV/AIDS Cases

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Abuja Take The Lead In HIV/AIDS Cases

The Abuja Municipal Area Council(AMAC) has the highest figure of persons living with HIV in the metropolis, an official of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT’s) Agency For Control of HIV/AIDS (FACA) said. Abuja Take The Lead In HIV/AIDS Cases 

As reported by News Agency Of Nigeria,Dr Uche Okoro said AMAC recorded 120,000 cases of HIV as at December 2016. It was followed by Bwari Area Council.

No fewer  than three million residents underwent HIV/AIDS tests in 2016, with only three per cent positive cases, he said.

According to him, free testing and treatment as a method of combatting the disease has reduced the prevalence of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the territory. Abuja Take The Lead In HIV/AIDS Cases 

He also said  the method has proven cost effective.

He explained that Nigeria embraced the approach  in 2015 following the United Nations resolution at the 2014 high level General Assembly meeting on ending AIDS. Abuja Take The Lead In HIV/AIDS Cases 

Okoro said FACA started the pilot programme of the test-and-treat method in  Abuja Municipal and Bwari councils  in 2015, and that it has been expanded to the remaining four  councils in 2017.

The official stated that the test-and-treat method has also served as preventive measure which is better and cheaper.

“There are cases we have here where one of the couple was infected with the virus and the other one was not. The infected one was taking the treatment and also still having sexual intercourse with his partner and did not infect her.Abuja Take The Lead In HIV/AIDS Cases 

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