Latest statistics by the Nigerian HIV/AIDs Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) has indicated that about 1.9 million Nigerians are living with HIV/AIDS in the country.
The survey which pegs the data at 3.1 per cent prevalence among those aged 15–49 years was disclosed by the Director-General of the agency, Sani Aliyu at the Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja on Thursday.
The survey which was launched by the Federal Government in June 2018 reached around 220,000 people in about 100,000 households and was conducted between July and December 2018.
HIV prevalence among the same age group in the North Central zone is 2.0 per cent, and in the South East zone (1.9%).
The prevalence is lower in the South West zone (1.1 per cent), the North East zone (1.1 per cent) and the North West zone (0.6 per cent).
He explained that the prevalence of patient living with the virus within the age under consideration in Nigeria was 1.4 per cent (1.9 per cent among females and 0.9 per cent among males).
Mr Aliyu encouraged people living with HIV to get treatment and achieve viral suppression.
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