The US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard, has said at least 8.2 million individuals in Nigeria have received HIV counselling and testing services from the government of the United States.
She disclosed that the US has invested more than $6bn in Nigeria’s HIV/AIDS response through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
She added that more than 1.2 million pregnant women received HIV testing and counselling on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Leonard disclosed these during a seminar on national data repository as a resource for achieving HIV/Epidemic control, organised by the National Agency for the Control of AIDS as part of activities marking the 2020 Worlds AIDS Day.
She explained that HIV/AIDS had continued to be a leading cause of death, with over 690,000 people dying from AIDS-related illnesses in 2019, while over 38 million people were living with HIV worldwide.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, represented by the Coordinator of the National AIDS/STI Control Program, Dr. Akudo Ikoeazu, expressed his confidence that Nigeria had made some modest progress towards ending the HIV epidemic by 2030.
Ehanire said, “Nigeria has made some modest progress towards ending the HIV epidemic by 2030. We estimate that 73.2 per cent of PLWHA know their status, 89.5 per cent of them are on treatment and 78 per cent of those on treatment have achieved viral suppression.”
According to the US Envoy, the U.S. government, through PEPFAR, had invested more than $85 bn in the global HIV/AIDS response and saved more than 17 million lives, working in 54 countries.