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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

UNAIDS - 1.3m HIV/AIDS victims now enrolled on antiretroviral drugs in first quarter of 2017


United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has reported that  of 1.3 million HIV/AIDS patients were enrolled by March this year.

The exact figure by March 2017 being 1, 366, 383.

Dr Bilali Camara, UNAIDS Country Director reveal to the News Agency that the progress was able to sail through as a result of the policy that was implemented.

The "Test and treat policy" ensured that people were instantly enrolled on the treatment once they tested positive regardless of their CD4 Count.

A CD4 count is a lab test that measures the number of CD4 T lymphocytes (CD4 cells) in a sample of your blood. In people with HIV, it is the most important laboratory indicator of how well your immune system is working and the strongest predictor of HIV progression.

According to Dr Bilali Camara, data has shown that by the end of 2015, no fewer than 800,000 people living with HIV and AIDS are on anti-retroviral treatment.

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“After adopting the policy in 2016, the number of people enrolled on treatment increased; in the first quarter of the year, 82, 000 people were enrolled on treatment.”

1.3m HIV/AIDS victims now enrolled on antiretroviral drugs in first quarter of 2017

He said that between now and the end of 2017, 328,000 people living with HIV and AIDS were expected to be enrolled on treatment.

He said if similar trend continues, it means by the end of 2018, one million five hundred thousand Nigerians will be on treatment which is a right direction towards ending HIV and AIDS in the country.

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“When I assumed office as the UNAIDS country director in March 2013, the number of people on treatment for HIV/AIDS were below 500, 000.

“I am leaving Nigeria as an accomplished man because as of this June, we have more than one million people on treatment,’’ he said.

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