NACA holds conference on HIV Prevention

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA recently plans to host a National scientific conference on HIV prevention to showcase achievements of the AIDS response in Nigeria.

The event, which is part of activities to commemorate World AIDS Day 2016, under the theme Hands on for HIV Prevention, comes up 29-30 November with participants from relevant government departments and agencies, research institutions, the private sector, develop partner agencies and representatives of people living with or affected by HIV. Hands on for Prevention’, signifies the fact that Nigeria’s national response aligns with the present global direction of increasing HIV prevention efforts.

The conference aims at showcasing the achievements, discussing the lessons learnt and seeking to set the pace for tackling prevention gaps.

The Nigeria HIV Prevention Conference 2016 will bring together a range of experts to advance knowledge, present new research findings, as well as promote and enhance scientific and community collaborations.

It will also be a platform for discussions on development of new strategies for addressing HIV, especially in the area of HIV prevention. As of 2014 in Nigeria, the HIV prevalence rate among adults ages 15-49 was 3.17 percent. Nigeria has the second-largest number of people living with HIV. The HIV epidemic in Nigeria is complex and varies widely by region.

Source: Vanguard

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