HIV and AIDS Cure in Nigeria: Facts & Possibilities
According to Wikipedia, HIV and AIDS which is an acronym for Human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome is a spectrum of conditions caused by infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
This viral infection is one of the deadliest and feared disease in Nigeria.
Sadly, this viral disease is common in Nigeria and to make matters worse, people living with it don’t know they are living with it.
Some know only when they become ill and rushed to the hospital. To others, they live and die with it, with people giving various reasons for the death of the person without anyone talking about it.
The low level of awareness of this disease is partly responsible for the continuous penetration of this disease in Nigeria.
To many, when someone’s sickness is intense, they become suspicious. This had led to some form of stigmatization toward people not actually living the disease and at the same time, people move close to supposedly healthy people whom they and the person involved don’t know he or she is HIV positive.
The rate of new infection in Nigeria is alarming. According to a report, about 60% of new infections cases in western and central Africa in 2015 occurs in Nigeria.
In fact, Nigeria has the largest HIV epidemic in the world although it prevalence among adults is remarkable small compared to other sub-Saharan African countries.
According to the UNAIDS data 2017, in 2016, 3.2 million people were living with HIV in Nigeria.
However, the adult prevalence rare was 2.9%. it also stated that there are about 160,000 AIDS-related deaths and 220,000 newly infected.
These and many more proves the disease is not going any moment soon in the country. what then is the situation relation to it cure?
HIV and AIDS Cure In Nigeria
I know it is not news to you that a lot of people had claimed they have a cure for the disease.
The categories of people making this claims spans from both the orthodox medicine researchers and the traditional medicine men also known as the herbalist.
However, as I write, there is no accepted and proven cure for the disease. The possibilities are high, the number of researchers interested, the amount spent so far and the successes in terms on retro-viral drugs available.
I hope one day, I will come back to this article and re-write it when the cure has been found but as we speak, nothing of such, just speculations from different quarters.
HIV Prevention Programmes In Nigeria
While the search for the final cure for the disease is on, there are some programmes designed to prevent the spread of the disease because as the widely known adage says, prevention is better, more efficient and cheaper than cure.
Some of these programs include;
- Prevention of mother-child transmission (PMTCT) service
- HIV and AIDS education
- Preventing tuberculosis (TB) among people living with HIV
- HIV testing and counseling (HTC) in Nigeria.
Conclusively, it might interest you to note that while HIV is a killer disease and can be transferred from an infected person, it is not transferred until there’s a fluid contact.
This means people living with HIV and AIDS can live among those without it and can be shown love without getting affected.