NACA names Soldiers, Policemen among groups Prone to HIV infection

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), an agency established by the Federal Government’s agency with the aim of monitoring the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) spread and statistics in the country has named policemen and soldiers amongst other groups to be more prone to contract HIV.

The latest information is contained in a statement which was issued by the Director-General of the agency, Dr. Sani Aliyu, while delivering a lecture at the Ministry of Defence Health Implementation Programme in Abuja.

While speaking during the lecture titled: “HIV infection in Nigeria: Current trends, challenges and the way forward,” Aliyu, stated that statistics showed that 220,000 new cases of the infections were recorded nationwide in 2017.

He added: “Sub-Saharan Africa is the most severely affected with the HIV. Nearly one in every 25 adults lives with the virus.

“Also, Nigeria has the second largest HIV epidemic in the world. The factors include: inadequate knowledge of the transmission and prevention of the disease, low risk perception, low uptake of HIV testing services, multiple concurrent partnerships, ineffective and inefficient services for sexually transmitted infections.

“The six target groups mostly at risk of the disease in Nigeria are female sex workers, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, transport workers, men of the armed forces and the police.

“The Federal Government’s fast track plan for HIV treatment was launched in 2016 and its aims is to place 500,000 more people on treatment within 18 months, test 3,000,000 more pregnant women for HIV and place 75,000 pregnant women with the disease on treatment for life, among others.”