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Nigerian babies in need of ARVs

03 June 2013, 13:07Emeka Adebanji

Abuja - More than 100 000 children born in Nigeria has HIV and require anti-retroviral drugs.

This is according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Dr Femi Adeyemi, UNICEF Nigeria Field Officer, revealed the figures during a three-day meeting for on the public advocacy and alliance building for prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV.

The event was held in Makurdi in Benue State.

Femi lamented that women were the most affected by the HIV crisis. Of the 2.9 million Nigerians infected with the virus 1.7 million are women.

Kebi has the lowest infection rate while Benue has the worst rate.

The HIV epidemic varies widely by region. In some states, the epidemic is more concentrated and driven by high-risk behaviors, while other states have more generalised epidemics that are sustained primarily by multiple sexual partnerships in the general population.

Youth and young adults in Nigeria are particularly vulnerable to HIV, with young women at higher risk than young men.

There are many risk factors that contribute to the spread of HIV, including prostitution, high-risk practices among roaming workers as well as irregular blood screening.

- CAJ News


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