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 A child was infected with HIV every two minutes in 2020 UNICEF
A child was infected with HIV every two minutes in 2020 – UNICEF

1 Nigeria has the highest number of children and adolescents aged 0-19 living with HIV in West and Central Africa, with an estimate of 190,000

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2 ABUJA, Nigeria, December 1, 2021 / APO Group / –

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3 At least 300,000 children were infected with HIV in 2020, or one child every two minutes, UNICEF said in a report released today, ahead of World AIDS Day on December 1. Another 120,000 children died of AIDS-related causes during the same period, or one child every five minutes.

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5 In Nigeria, 20,695 children aged 0-9 became infected with HIV in 2020, or one child every 30 minutes.

6 The latest global snapshot on HIV and AIDS warns that a protracted COVID-19 pandemic is deepening the inequalities that have long fueled the HIV epidemic, putting vulnerable children, adolescents, pregnant women and nursing mothers at greater risk of losing life-saving HIV prevention and treatment. services.

7 “The HIV epidemic enters its fifth decade amid a global pandemic that has overwhelmed health care systems and limited access to life-saving services. Meanwhile, increasing poverty, mental health problems and abuse increase the risk of infection for children and women, ”said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director. “Unless we redouble our efforts to address the inequalities that drive the HIV epidemic, which are now exacerbated by COVID-19, we may see more children infected with HIV and more children losing their fight against AIDS.”

8 It is alarming that 2 out of 5 children living with HIV around the world do not know their status and just over half of children with HIV are receiving antiretroviral treatment (ART). Some barriers to adequate access to HIV services have long been known, including discrimination and gender inequalities.

9 In Nigeria, around 30% of AIDS-related deaths in 2020 occurred in children. Alarmingly, only about 3.5 percent of the 1,629,427 Nigerians receiving antiretroviral treatment (ART) are children, revealing a large treatment gap.

10 Barriers to adequate access to HIV services have long been known, including discrimination and gender inequalities.

11 In Nigeria, almost eight out of ten new infections that occur in adolescents aged 10-19 occur in adolescent girls, while an estimated 83,000 pregnant women in Nigeria are HIV positive. Only 44 percent of them are on ART, which runs the risk of continued mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

12 The report notes that many countries experienced significant disruptions in HIV services due to COVID-19 in early 2020. Infant HIV testing in high-burden countries decreased by 50% to 70%, and the onset of new treatments for children under 14 years of age decreased by 25 to 50 percent.

13 Although uptake of services rebounded in June 2020, coverage levels remain well below pre-COVID-19 levels and the true extent of the impact is unknown.

14 In 2020, sub-Saharan Africa accounted for 89% of new pediatric HIV infections and 88% of children and adolescents living with HIV worldwide, and adolescent girls are six times more likely to be infected with HIV than the children. About 88% of AIDS-related child deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa.

15 Nigeria has the highest number of children and adolescents aged 0-19 living with HIV in West and Central Africa, with an estimate of 190,000.

16 “Children and adolescents continue to lag behind in the response to HIV around the world. In Nigeria, adolescent girls also bear the heaviest burden. We must increase and sustain investments in HIV to ensure that children are born HIV-free and remain HIV-free throughout childhood and adolescence, ”said Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Country Representative in Nigeria.

17 “This is a shared responsibility. The response to HIV must be increasingly integrated into all ongoing sectoral plans. The COVID-19 response presents an opportunity for Nigeria to take great strides to make strategic investments across the health system that can benefit all children and adolescents. That must include significant engagement with all affected communities, especially the most vulnerable, ”said Peter Hawkins.

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