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    WHO: Like HIV, COVID-19 may never go away

WHO: Like HIV, COVID-19 may never go away

The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may never go away, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.  Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization health emergencies program, says the virus may just become one of the viruses around the world that kill people annually. "This virus just may become another endemic virus in our communities and this virus may never go away. HIV [...]

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    The ‘London patient’, second person cured of HIV, reveals identity

The ‘London patient’, second person cured of HIV, reveals identity

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    Over 1000 patients risk HIV, hepatitis as hospital admits sterilization error

Over 1000 patients risk HIV, hepatitis as hospital admits sterilization error

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    Scientists discover first new HIV strain — in nearly two decades

Scientists discover first new HIV strain — in nearly two decades

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    Contraceptives do not increase risk of contracting HIV, says study

Contraceptives do not increase risk of contracting HIV, says study

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    Hepatitis B more infectious than HIV, expert warns

Hepatitis B more infectious than HIV, expert warns

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    Building support system for people living with HIV

Building support system for people living with HIV

BY EKENE ODIGWE Support systems are relied on when things aren’t going well or when one is not feeling too great. Heavens knows we all need support and encouragement every now and then, for it is such a tough road to walk alone. Take Emeka for instance when the doctor told him that he has HIV. He was dumbfounded and dead [...]

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    Reduce military spending to cater to 3.1m Nigerians living with HIV, int’l NGOs tell FG

Reduce military spending to cater to 3.1m Nigerians living with HIV, int’l NGOs tell FG

Two international non-governmental organisations (NGOs), have called on the federal government to reduce military spendings to cater to 3.1 million Nigerians living with HIV/AIDS. The NGOs -- Advocates for HIV Prevention in Africa, and Accountability International -- said the amount of money spent on the purchase of Tucano fighter jets is enough to take care of anti-retroviral treatment (ART) for 1.5 million Nigerians for [...]

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    Babies born to mums with HIV ‘face higher risks’ even though they’re HIV negative

Babies born to mums with HIV ‘face higher risks’ even though they’re HIV negative

By Amy Slogrove, Stellenbosch University; Kathleen M. Powis, Harvard Medical School , and Mary-Ann Davies One of the most remarkable public health successes of the last decade in southern Africa has been the reduction in the number of babies born with HIV. This was achieved through the provision of antiretroviral therapy to pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV. For example, [...]

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    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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