The Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA) has called on every stakeholder working on HIV response to double their efforts towards eradicating new HIV infections by 2030 in Lagos State.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Agency, Dr. Oluseyi Temowo stated this in while briefing stakeholders on the recently conducted research on the impact of HIV in Nigeria, stressing that the HIV prevalence rate in Lagos has come down to 1.4% from the initial 2.2% based on the first concluded National AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) studies.
According to him, “The Survey gave a better picture of the prevalence rate and allowed for planning to eradicate new infections by 2030. It also helped to identify gaps in the areas of prevention for key population, meaning higher risk individuals like Men having sex with men (MSM), Female sex workers (FSW), Injecting drug users (IDU) etc”.
Dr. Temowo added that individuals should be mindful of their sexual behaviour in order to reduce the risk of contracting the virus and promised that the Agency would continue the HIV Testing Services (HTS) across the State.
He, however, appealed to the Local Government Chairmen in the State to contribute to funding HIV programmes in their localities, saying this would boost the campaign against infection and possible eradication of the scourge by the year 2030.