Over 1086, adolescents and Young Persons in Nasarawa State, were tested HIV positive between January and June 2018, according to the state AIDS Control Agency (NASACA).
Executive Director, of the agency, Dr Ruth Adabe, disclosed this on Thursday in Keffi, during her presentation on HIV/AIDS Adolescents situation in the state, at a one day Media Executives meeting on Prevention to Mother Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV and Adolescents and Young Persons (AYP), organized by the National Orientation Agency (NOA), in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Represented by Dr. Peter Attah, Team Leader, State AIDS and STI Control Program (SASCP), Dr. Ruth, added that, in 2016, the prevalence of new infections among AYP was 1721, 1155 in 2017 and arose to 1086 in first semester 2018 which showed persistent increase.
She said, “the state prevalence is 6.3% (ANC survey 2014). In 2017, AYP Counseled Tested and Received Request (CTRR) was 82,151 with 1155 positive for HIV. In first semester 2018, AYP CTRR 75,435 with 1086 positive.
“The total AYP on Anti Retrovirals (ARVs) is 4,245, Male is 976, Female is 3269, with female most affected group. A total AYP on ARVs is 4,245, Male is 976, Female is 3269.”
The NASACA Boss, enumerated, amongst other things; establishment of youth friendly centers, HIV counseling and testing, Prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) as part of strategies put in place to curb the spread of the disease.
Others are; Strict implementation of National targets commitment to 90% treatment coverage and 50% testing rate among young people by 2020. Prevention of sexual transmission of HIV and other STIs, Treatment, care and support.
“To fight against HIV/AIDS in Nasarawa state, it is important for all stakeholders supporting HIV in the state with adolescent Youth persons who are the key persons to meet and engaged themselves in order to sensitized the general public on the epidemic.” Dr. Ruth added.