WHERE DOES YOUR STATE STAND??? – HIV PREVALENCE

The new HIV prevalence rate for states in Nigeria is out , and it raises a lot of  questions.  Some states witnessed very dramatic and disturbing rise, while others experienced great decline. Benue state which has been at the top of the leader board for a while now , dropped significantly to 9th place.

Rivers state , which currently sits at the top of states prevalence ladder,  rose from 10th place in 2012 to 1st place in 2014; with one of the highest prevalence recorded by a state in recent times 15.2%.

Ekiti state is at the bottom of the prevalence ladder with 0.2%, which is great but be that as it may, more needs to be done in order to avoid a rise in future reports.

The question therefore is where does your state stand in the recent country progress report and what does it mean?

Prevalence percentage

Photo Credit : Nigeria GARPR 2014

Prevalence Map

Photo Credit : Nigeria GARPR 2014

In case you are wondering what prevalence means; the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it thus:  the degree to which something is prevalent; especially :  the percentage of a population that is affected with a particular disease at a given time

Based on the foregoing , it is important to know how robust or lackluster your state’s HIV/AIDS response plan is. You have a right to know!  We need to get our state and the Federal government to be committed to the national HIV/AIDS response through scale up in testing, treatment , PMTCT, Lab monitoring, education and funding etc.

According to The National HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health Survey (NARHS, 2012), Nigeria’s  overall HIV prevalence has dropped from 4.1% to 3.4%.  This ought to be commended; but the overarching gaps in treatment & testing; as well as little decline in new infections makes it difficult to do the happy dance at the new national prevalence percentage.

Statistics source :  National HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health Survey (NARHS, 2012) & Nigeria GARPR 2014

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