Bad Statistics: 9,579 People Tested Positive To HIV In 6 Months In Lagos


The Chief Executive Officer, Lagos State AIDS Control Agency, LSACA, Oluseyi Temowo has revealed that of the 616,318 that attended the HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) awareness programme from January to June, 2016, no fewer than 9,579 people were tested positive to HIV.

Temowo made this revelation at a news conference in Ikeja to mark the 2016 World AIDS Day with the theme: “Hands Up for #HIV Prevention.”

According to Temowo, in 2015, a total number of 599, 560 people were counselled, tested and received results out of which 15, 311 people were found to be victims of the killer disease.

He further added that 52, 803 people living with the scourge were currently on Antiretrovirals (ARVs).

His words, “These statistics simply means that there are many more people who are not aware that they have the virus, that is why knowing one’s status is very important.

“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,” he added.