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Lagos ranks 7th in HIV/AIDS prevalence

by Credible News

The various interventions to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS in Lagos State has ranked  it  as 7th in prevalence rate in Nigeria.

The United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS, estimated that six states in Nigeria account for 41 percent of the people living with the virus, including Lagos, Kaduna, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Oyo and Kano States.

To change the narrative, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has inaugurated the Lagos State HIV Consortium Group, which will serve as a platform for all stakeholders to collaborate and coordinate, sustain and improve response to achieving the 90:90:90 target for the state.

The Lagos 2018 HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey revealed that the prevalence of HIV among adults aged 15-64 years was 1.4 percent; 1.9 among females; 0.8 among males; while the prevalence of HIV among children aged 0-14 years was 0.2 percent, 0.2 percent among females and 0.3 percent among males.

The Eti-Osa Local Government Area has the highest HIV prevalence in the state, which is 3.3 percent. The prevalence was among persons aged 15-64 years in the local government. It was followed by Ikeja, Ojo, Epe, Ajeromi Ifelodun, Oshodi-Isolo, and Apapa.

Alimosho has the lowest HIV prevalence, including Lagos Mainland, Agege, Shomolu, Surulere, and LGAs stand in the middle.

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