On September 25, Ciheb Nigeria and representatives of the US Government formally presented the 2018 Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) Report to the Government of Nigeria. Accepting the report on behalf of the Government was the Honorable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire. Also in attendance were the US Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard, CDC Nigeria Country Director Dr. Mahesh Swaminathan, PEPFAR Country Coordinator for Nigeria Mark Giambrone, UNAIDS Country Director Dr Erasmus Morah, and other dignitaries.
Ciheb worked alongside the Federal Ministry of Health and National Agency for the Control of AIDS in completing the survey, which was one of the largest population-based household surveys ever conducted that assessed the prevalence of HIV, viral load suppression, and related health indicators. The survey found that HIV prevalence—the percentage of people living with HIV—was lower than previously thought, allowing the country to refocus its services to the areas of greatest need to control the epidemic.
The NAIIS found that HIV prevalence among adults age 15-64 years was 1.5 percent and among children (age 0-14) was 0.2 percent. HIV prevalence was the highest among females age 35-39 years at 3.3 percent. The disparity in HIV prevalence between females and males was greatest among younger adults, with females having more than three times the prevalence of males in this group. NAIIS also found that the prevalence of viral load suppression, a measure of effective HIV treatment in a population, among Nigerian adults living with HIV was 44.5 percent.
Download the NAIIS report from Ciheb.org.