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According to the NAIIS results, 1.9 million people are presently living with the virus in the country.

The Nigerian HIV/AIDs Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) indicates that about 1.9 million Nigerians are now living with the disease, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has said.

This figure places Nigeria fourth country with the highest HIV prevalence globally, coming after South Africa, India and Mozambique. "The official HIV prevalence for persons aged 15-49 years in Nigeria is now 1.4 per cent".

Briefing journalists after the report was launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, the Director-General of the National Agency for the control of HIV/AIDS, Dr. Sani Aliyu, said Nigeria has dropped from number two to number four on the ranking of countries with highest HIV prevalence.

David Young who is the Charge de Affairs, Embassy of the United States of America, according to Premium Times, said "beyond the data, the survey has proved the capacity of Nigerians working together in solidarity with one another to rise and resolve challenges regarding the health and well-being of their brothers and sisters".

"We will ensure that we focus our efforts on ensuring those infected with HIV achieve viral suppression, minimising the risk of HIV transmission and moving Nigeria closer to controlling the HIV epidemic".

Also, it was reported that nearly half of people living with HIV in Nigeria achieved viral suppression.

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Aliyu assured that the survey would provide programme managers and policy makers with a more detailed and specific understanding of HIV epidemic in the country.

He said the government and its partners have what it takes to support people who are HIV-positive, "to provide treatment, to protect their families and to help people live long and healthy lives".

"I think, in recognition of the status of your organization, we are delighted to be able to formalise this bilateral relationship and to capture our cooperation more directly within that framework", Onyeama said. In recent years, there has been a significant expansion in the country's response to HIV.

She said the measure would ensure treatment of women living with the disease to have babies free of HIV and AIDS.

The NAIIS was led by the Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Health and the National Agency for the Control of AIDS.

He made this known in Abuja at the unveiling of findings on the largest global survey on HIV and AIDS.

The survey was completed at the end of December 2018.

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