Friday, September 21, 2018

Tag "HIV"

    UNAIDS: Nigeria has more than half of HIV burden in West, Central Africa

UNAIDS: Nigeria has more than half of HIV burden in West, Central Africa

Nigeria has more than 50 percent of HIV burden in West and Central Africa, says a report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).According to the UNAIDS report, there has been little progress in reducing new HIV infections in recent years.New HIV infections declined by only five percent in seven years and only one in three people living [...]

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    Group expands scope on campaign against HIV

Group expands scope on campaign against HIV

APIN Public Health Initiatives, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), says it has expanded its scope on the campaign against HIV/AIDS.APIN unveiled its new corporate identity at an event in Abuja during the weekend.Speaking at the event, Prosper Okonkwo, chief executive director of the APIN, said the organisation has been operating in Nigeria since 2000."In 2004, we began implementing comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, [...]

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    ‘200,000 people living with HIV in Oyo’

‘200,000 people living with HIV in Oyo’

Sani Aliyu, director-general, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), says an estimated 200,000 people are living with HIV in Oyo state.He made the disclosure on Tuesday in Ibadan during a courtesy call on Abiola Ajimobi, Oyo governor.NAN reports that the delegation led by Aliyu included representatives of relevant international donor and funding agencies like WHO.Aliyu said only 16,000 [...]

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    HIV patients in Africa ‘to pay only $75 a year’ for new state-of-art drugs

HIV patients in Africa ‘to pay only $75 a year’ for new state-of-art drugs

India-based Mylan Laboratories and Aurobindo Pharma, makers of generic HIV drugs, are set to make millions of pills available to African countries.Reuters reports that the development is coming after both firms secured a multi-million dollar guarantee from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, making it possible to cap the price at just $75 per patient a year.The drugs are currently [...]

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    US embassy offers N2.9m to children orphaned by HIV/AIDS

US embassy offers N2.9m to children orphaned by HIV/AIDS

The US diplomatic mission in Nigeria on Friday announced a N2.9 million micro-grant to 50 women caregivers to support vulnerable children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.Women in five local communities in Apapa local government area of Lagos were the beneficiaries.At an event held in Lagos and attended by senior local government officials, health, and community leaders, Will Steuer, acting US consul general , said, [...]

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    HIV victims to start receiving free treatment

HIV victims to start receiving free treatment

The federal government has introduced new set of healthcare guidelines that will make HIV/AIDS victims in the country to start receiving free treatment.Speaking in Kaduna on Tuesday, Isaac Adewole, minister of health, said the guidelines were aimed at tackling the scourge of the virus in the country.He was speaking at the opening of a two-day north-west zonal dissemination of 2016 [...]

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    US to support Nigeria with $469m to combat HIV

US to support Nigeria with $469m to combat HIV

⁠⁠The United States on Friday signed a $469 million dollars (about N147.5 billion) country operation plan (COP) to support HIV prevention, care and treatment programmes in Nigeria.The COP was signed by Deborah Birx, the US global AIDS coordinator, and Sani Aliyu, director-general, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA).According to Stuart Syminton, US ambassador to Nigeria, "Nigerian is working with the embassy and others [...]

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    HIV ravages Borno IDP camps, 3,800 cases recorded in 3 months

HIV ravages Borno IDP camps, 3,800 cases recorded in 3 months

Barkindo Saidu, executive secretary, Borno Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (BOSACA), says 3,800 new cases of HIV infections have been recorded in internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps in the state.Saidu told NAN in Maiduguri on Wednesday that the new cases were recorded after voluntary screening in 15 IDPs camps in the state.He said currently 2.4 percent of the population [...]

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    HIV increasing in Lagos because of ‘stigmatisation’ by health workers

HIV increasing in Lagos because of ‘stigmatisation’ by health workers

There is a spike in cases of HIV/STIs in Lagos "because youth will choose traditional health care givers over receiving treatment at primary health care centres because of the stigma/discrimination by health care workers".This was made known during a sensitisation programme by the Leadership Initiative for Youth Empowerment (LIFE).James Unegbu, LIFE’s group programme manager, lamented what he described as the [...]

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    Five HIV patients left ‘virus free’ after undergoing vaccine therapy

Five HIV patients left ‘virus free’ after undergoing vaccine therapy

Mitchell Warren, executive director of the Aids Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (Avac) in Barcelona, says a new vaccine has succeeded in suppressing the virus in five patients without the need for daily drugs.According to The Independent, Warren said the success was recorded when two innovative HIV vaccines were combined. [...]

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    Only 10% Nigerians have ‘undergone HIV screening’

Only 10% Nigerians have ‘undergone HIV screening’

The National Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (NACA) says only about 10 per cent of Nigerians have ever gone for HIV screening.Sani Aliyu, the director-general of the agency, said this in a statement.Aliyu lamented over the situation, saying screening is the only way to HIV prevention, especially with the high rate of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Nigeria.He urged [...]

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    HIV rate declines globally but rises in Africa

HIV rate declines globally but rises in Africa

While the world is winning the war against the AIDS epidemic, the United Nation says the cases of number of new HIV infections is not declining among adults, with young women in sub-Saharan Africa.Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS and UN under-secretary-general, disclosed this in his message to the 2016 World AIDS Day observed on Thursday.“We know that for girls [...]

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    US ‘disbursed $3.4bn in 12 years’ to fight HIV/AIDS in Nigeria

US ‘disbursed $3.4bn in 12 years’ to fight HIV/AIDS in Nigeria

The US Consulate on Tuesday said it had disbursed over $3.4 billion to support the Nigerian HIV/AIDS response.John Bray, US consul-general, made the disclosure at an event organised by the public affairs and medical sections of the consulate in Lagos to mark the 2016 World AIDS Day.He said the disbursement had been since the inception of its President’s Emergency Plan [...]

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    HIV spreading more in matrimonial homes in the north, says lawmaker

HIV spreading more in matrimonial homes in the north, says lawmaker

Maryam Begel, a member of the Bauchi state house of assmebly, on Wednesday said investigations have revealed that the HIV virus is spreading faster in matrimonial homes in most northern states.Begel, representing Dass constituency in the assembly, said in Bauchi, it appeared precautionary measures were taken by partners only when meeting outside matrimonial homes, than when at home.“We did an [...]

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    Global Fund raises $12.9bn to end AIDS, TB, malaria

Global Fund raises $12.9bn to end AIDS, TB, malaria

The Global Fund has raised over $12.9 billion from international donors as part of a campaign aimed at effectively eradicating AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis by 2030.This was disclosed on Monday in Montreal after a conference organised on seeking faith-based and private-sector partners to raise 13 billion dollars to support its activities over the next three years, starting in 2017.Justin Trudeau, [...]

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    S’Africa to raise life expectancy to 70, adopts universal HIV treatment programme

S’Africa to raise life expectancy to 70, adopts universal HIV treatment programme

The South African government has started implementing the universal test and treatment programme, where every HIV positive person is put on treatment regardless of the CD4 cell count.Joe Maila, spokesperson of the department of health, said on Friday in Johannesburg that until Wednesday, HIV positive people with a CD4 cell count which are less than 500 were put on treatment.He [...]

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