Today Is World AIDS Day

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HIV testing is essential for expanding treatment and ensuring that all people living with HIV can lead healthy and productive lives.

Significant progress has been made in the AIDS response since 1988, and today three in four people living with HIV know their status. But the agency says that number doesn't include the one in seven people living with HIV who don't know what their status is.

Speaking also, the Director-General of the Agency, Dr. Sani Aliyu, noted that over 1,600 HIV treatment centres have been established across to country to support and cater to the treatment needs of about 1.1m Nigerians who are positive to the virus.

Mrs Tallen further assured that NACA will continue to do its best to ensure more advocacy is carried out by stakeholders to drive down the country's burden of HIV and AIDS which has been estimated to be the second largest in the world.

Unfortunately, many barriers to HIV testing remain.

"World AIDS Day reminds us that despite these gains, 1 in 4 people with HIV in the Region still don't know they have it, have not begun treatment and are therefore at greater risk of dying prematurely and infecting others".

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He said that the Day, which was commemorated annually on December 1, gave opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV and to show support for people living with the virus.

Since the start of the epidemic in 1981 about 77.3 million people have become infected with HIV and 35.4 million [25.0 million-49.9 million] people have died from AIDS-related illnesses in the same period.

Many people when asked about if they use protection told Joy News' Joseph Ackah Blay that stopping to put on either ruin the moment or makes sex less enjoyable. This means 76 adolescent deaths every day, unless we make additional investment in HIV prevention, testing and treatment programmes in a number of regions.

"But, we must understand that the HIV response is a public responsibility for everyone". This is particularly important given that approximately one third of new HIV infections occur among young people aged 15 to 24 years old.

PAHO/WHO also recommends that the age at which young people can take an HIV test without the consent of a parent or guardian be reduced in line with the recommendations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations, and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education measures on AIDS prevention and control.

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