Nigeria; HIV prevalence

Nigeria: Sex Workers Account for 32 Percent of HIV

Commercial sex workers account for 32 per cent of HIV prevalence in Nigeria, the Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS, (NACA), Prof. John Idoko, has disclosed.

He said this at a press briefing yesterday in Abuja to flag off this year's World AIDS Day commemorated worldwide every December 1.

According to Idoko, Nigeria is at present the second most burdened with the disease, with about 4.1 per cent of her population, about 6.5 million people living with the virus, after South Africa.

Estimates of human immunodeficiency virus incidence among female sex workers in north central Nigeria: implications for HIV clinical trials

We estimated the HIV incidence among commercial female sex workers (FSWs) in north central Nigeria using bimodal methodology. Using a cross-sectional study design, a total of 900 active FSWs between the ages of 18 and 35 years were recruited from 52 brothels within Nasarawa State, Nigeria. A rapid test algorithm was used to determine their HIV status. ... Of the 900 FSWs tested, 335 (37.2%) were found to be positive for HIV. Of these, 63 showed evidence of recent infection. .. In addition, 875 (97.2%) of the FSWs readily agreed to participate in HIV clinical trials.

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