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46,000 living with HIV/AIDS in Ogun – Official

At least 46,143 persons are currently living with HIV/AIDS in Ogun State, the state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, said yesterday. Coker, who disclosed…

At least 46,143 persons are currently living with HIV/AIDS in Ogun State, the state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, said yesterday.

Coker, who disclosed this while briefing journalists on the activities lined up to mark the year 2023 World AIDS Day in Abeokuta, said 33,489 of the figures have been identified and placed on sustained treatment.

According to her, out of a total of 782,005 people tested between the years 2020 and 2023, 21,083 tested positive for HIV/AIDS.

She added that Ogun State has a prevalence rate of 1.6 per cent while 12,654 HIV-positive persons have no access to Antiretroviral Therapy (ART).

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Coker said the state has been making significant efforts to rapidly achieve HIV treatment saturation and meet the UNAID 95-95-95 2030 goal of zero HIV infection.

Coker said the state has established 400 testing centres across the 20 local government areas to increase the state’s testing capacity.

“Our health facilities currently providing HIV services have been increased from 198 in 2019 to 497 as of November 2023,” he said.

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