By Oluwafunke Ishola
Mr Patrick Akpan, the Coordinator of NEPWHAN in Lagos, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
“At NEPWHAN, we are working to ensure that our members take their anti-retroviral drugs regularly so that they don’t transmit the virus,” the Network coordinator said.
He said except everyone collaborates and unite to kick AIDS out of the various communities, the current targets geared toward ending the scourge, as a public health threat by 2030, might be an illusion.
“The goal is that by the end of 2020, 90 per cent of people who are HIV infected would be diagnosed.
“Ninety per cent of people who were diagnosed would be on anti-retroviral treatment, and 90 per cent of those who receive anti-retroviral would be virally suppressed.
“Viral suppression is when a person’s viral load or the amount of virus in an HIV-positive person’s blood is reduced to an undetectable level.”
“But, this proactive approach by the government ensured that we all have enough anti-retroviral medicines.
“The state government and the Nigerian Business Coalition Against AIDS (NIBUCAA) also extended palliatives to us to ensure that people living with HIV/AIDS do not abandon their HIV treatment due to lack of food,” he said.
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