No fewer than 24,890 Lagosians have tested positive to the dreaded HIV disease within 18 months in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, says the Lagos State Government.
While 15,311 Lagosians tested positive to HIV in 2015, another 9,579 others tested positive to the disease between January and June 2016.
Chief Executive Officer of Lagos State Aids Control Agency, LSACA, Dr. Oluseyi Temowo disclosed the figures on wednenesday in Lagos.
At the event meant to mark this year’s World AIDS Day, Temowo disclosed that 616, 318 people were counselled, tested and received results between January and June 2016, out of which 9,579 individuals were found to be positive.
“In the year 2015, a total number of 599, 560 people were counselled, tested and received results out of which 15, 311 were found to be positive. In 2016 (1st Semester January to June), 616, 318 people were counselled, tested and received results out of which 9,579 individual were found to be positive. However, 52,803 positive individuals are currently on Antiretrovirals (ARVs),” he said.