By: Joy Odor/Abuja
The President of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan has reaffirmed Nigeria commitment, through all the relevant communities to make the difference in the National HIV Response to attain the 90-90-90 goal by the end of 2020.
Senator Lawal stated this at the 2019 World AIDS Day while declaring the official National Launch of the Undetectable Equals Untransmittable (U=U) Campaign in Nigeria with the Theme: “Communities Make Difference open” in Collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Represented by Senator Utazi Chukwuka, the President of the Senate stated that the campaign is important to all as it conveys to Nigerians living with HIV that their undetectable viral load protects their own health, the health of their families and prevent new HIV infections.
According to Senator Lawal, the campaign is central to reminding policymakers, elected representatives, multilateral and unilateral and Organizations that access to viral load testing needs to be universe for Nigerians living with HIV.
“Nigeria is on this day launching an important and strategic campaign on help the country achieve zero new HIV and reduce stigma for Nigerians living with HIV.
“With the unveiling of this campaign, we joining the rest of the international community to raise the consciousness of all Nigerians to the fact that Undetectable viral load equals to Untransmittable virus.
“With the unveiling of this campaign, we stand with Nigerians living with HIV to support their goal of viral load suppression.
“The campaign is significant to all of us as it contribute to reducing stigma towards Nigerians living with HIV”He said.