Leadership (Abuja)

2 February 2013

Nigeria: NACA Underscores Need for Information On HIV High Risk

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has emphasised the need for more information on HIV and AIDS high-risk groups to determine appropriate interventions targeting the groups.

Mrs Uduak Daniel, Chief Programme Officer, Programme Coordination Department, NACA made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

Daniel, at a workshop for HIV and AIDS Critical Mass Team (CMT) and Desk Officers of Agencies in the Federal Ministry of Transport, said there was need to determine the extent of high-risk practices in the country.

She listed HIV high risk groups as female sex workers, injecting drug users and the men who have sex with them.

Daniel noted that the commercial sex workers were the most at risk adding that very little was known about their sexual behaviours and HIV prevalence.

She explained that the workshop was relevant to the ministry of transport because HIV programme was no longer a strictly health, but a multi-sector thing.

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