The Assistant Director, National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Mr Raheem Mohammed, has described the gap in HIV diagnosis as a major limitation in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.
Mohammed made the statement on Saturday in Surulere, Lagos at the HIV/AIDS Walk organised by the Nigerian Business Coalition Against AIDS to commemorate World Aids Day.
He said there were many opportunities and innovative technologies to expand access to HIV testing, which would require a sustained political will for funding and investment.
Mohammed added that the launch of the HIV Trust Fund would help to bridge the gap in accessing anti-retroviral therapy for persons living with HIV.
“The theme of this year’s commemoration, ‘Know your status’, is a call to action. Although efforts are being made to make anti-retroviral therapy available to affected pregnant women, we are optimistic that improved investments in awareness and getting citizens to know their HIV status would help to reduce the country’s HIV/AIDS burden,” he said.
By: Dayo Ojerinde
The Punch News
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