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In Nigeria: ‘80,000 children with HIV yet to be identified’



The Faith-based Action for Scaling up Testing and Treatment for the Epidemic Response (CRS FASTER) Project, on Wednesday disclosed that data from a survey done by it shows that over 80,000 children living with HIV/AIDS are yet to be identified across the country.

The organisation noted that although an estimated 1.2 million persons are on antiretroviral therapy (ART), HIV testing is still suboptimal, as quite a number of people are yet to know their HIV status.

While advocating for more awareness creation, and access to HIV self-testing kits, the organisation has provided 100,000 test kits free of charge to pregnant women and adolescents, especially those who will not have been reached by the conventional means of testing.

The Project Director of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) FASTER Project, Dr. Emeka Anoje, made this known during a virtual conference on HIV self-testing during covid-19, organised by the Civil Society for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria in collaboration with CRS FASTER Project, in Abuja.

Anoje said that FASTER has distributed about 100,000 HIV self-test kits to support the HIV self-testing across Nigeria. This includes about 10,000 HIV self-test kits which will be distributed across Delta state.

FASTER is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) global grant to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to accelerate the pediatric HIV response in four African countries: Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia. Thenationonlineng

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