ALERT | 9,579 Persons Test Positive to HIV in Lagos

The Lagos State Aids Control Agency has said that 9, 579 persons tested positive to HIV between the months of January and June.

LSACA’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Oluseyi Temowo, also stated that about 616, 318 persons in the state were counselled and tested within the same period.
He said, “These statistics simply mean that there are many more people who are not aware that they have the virus."
Temowo disclosed this at a briefing being part of the activities put in place to mark the 2016 World AIDS Day coming up on December 1.

He stated, “It is a common knowledge that an HIV-positive person can be symptom-free for 10 years and will continue to infect others, if not checked and treated. Being HIV-positive does not translate to death, with appropriate medications.”

Temowo said that the agency had mobilised HCT trucks and health personnels to hard-to-reach communities in the state to conduct free HIV counselling and testing.

This, he said, would enable every Lagos resident to be aware of his or her HIV status.

Temowo said that access to HCT would allow individuals to know their status and take appropriate steps to prevent HIV transmission to other persons.

He said that this would also stop the progression to AIDS through lifestyle modification and health seeking behaviour.

Lagos is determined to achieve the global targets of eradicating of the disease by 2030.