Over 14,200 Benue Youths Are Currently Living With AIDS

Over 14,200 Benue Youths Are Currently Living With AIDS

Indications emerged,
yesterday, that over 14,200 Benue youths are infected and currently
living with the dreaded HIV/AIDS. President of the Association of Young
People Living with HIV/AIDS, APYIN, Fabian Tor, made this known at the
2016 World AIDS Day celebration in Makurdi with the theme, Hands on for
HIV prevention.

Tor said: “The development is a serious issue but our members are
committed to ensuring that the virus does not move from us to another,
or from one person to the other. “In fact, we are working hard to ensure
that anti-retroviral drugs get to our members, that the virus is
suppressed and that the infected live happily.”

In his speech, Country Director, United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS,
UNAIDS, Dr. Camara Bilali, said the world body identified Benue State as
one of the states with high prevalence rate of the virus.

Represented by Mrs. Ashir Wende, Project Manager, World Bank Assisted
HIV/AIDS Programme Development Project, Benue Office said: “The UNAIDS
would continue to lead and inspire the world to achieve its shared
vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero
AIDS-related deaths.”

“The UNAIDS is well positioned to provide necessary technical assistance
to ensure that 90% of people living with HIV know their status, 90% of
those diagnosed with HIV are accessing sustained anti-retroviral
treatment, ART, and 90% of those on ART achieve durable viral
suppression.”

Governor Samuel Ortom, who was represented by the Commissioner of Health
and Human Services, Dr. Cecilia Ojabo, in his speech, assured that his
administration would continue to partner relevant agencies to stem
prevalence of the virus in the state. Executive Secretary of Benue State
Agency for the Control of AIDS, BENSACA, Dr. Dura Gideon, said the
fight against the virus was a collective responsibility, if the fight
must be won.