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Decline in new HIV infections stalled, says UNAIDS

By Chukwuma Muanya, Assistant Editor |   03 November 2016   |   8:20 am  

A health official takes a blood sample during a screening for HIV (AFP Photo/Tang Chhin Sothy)

As NACA holds Nigeria Conference from November 29 to 30

It is feared that the gains the world including Nigeria have made in reducing new Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) infections and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) deaths may have been lost with new report that the decline in new infections among adults has stalled.

Meanwhile, Ahead of the World AIDS Day on December 1, 2016, the National Agency for the Control AIDS (NACA) will from November 29 to 30 hold the Nigeria HIV Conference 2016 with theme, “Hands on for HIV Prevention” at Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja.

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is championing the 2016 World AIDS Day #HIVprevention campaign with the Hands up for #HIVprevention.


The UNAIDS Prevention gap report, the decline in new HIV infections among adults has stalled. The report showed that worldwide an estimated 1.9 million adults have become infected with HIV every year for at least the past five years and that the number of new HIV infections is rising in some regions.

The report showed that HIV prevention efforts must be reinvigorated if the world is to stay on the Fast Track to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

In the lead-up to World AIDS Day 2016, the hands up for #HIVprevention campaign will explore different aspects of HIV prevention and how they relate to specific groups of people, such as adolescent girls and young women, key populations and people living with HIV.

The campaign, which started in September, also offers people a space to express their views on what they think needs to be done to strengthen HIV prevention efforts.


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