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Since January, more than 4000 people have tested positive for HIV

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Following clinical testing, 4,728 individuals were determined to be HIV positive by the Kano State government.

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According to the state administration, 4,728 people have tested positive for HIV out of 138,430 who were tested between January 2023 and this date.

46,732 people in the state are afflicted with the illness and undergoing treatment.

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While giving a statement on Friday at the World AIDS Day celebration in Kano, the state’s commissioner of health, Dr. Abubakar Labaran, disclosed this.

He continued by saying that the state has successfully tested 95% of all pregnant women during their first antenatal care visit for HIV/AIDS, with only 0.04 percent of those tests resulting in a positive result. This indicates that the state has improved its measures to stop mother-to-child transmission of the virus.

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From January 2023 to the present, we have effectively started 4,140 newly diagnosed HIV-positive individuals on antiretroviral therapy (ART). Out of 138,430 persons tested for HIV, 4,728 tested positive.

46,732 HIV-positive individuals in the state are receiving treatment at this time.

“We’ve strengthened our plans to stop HIV/AIDS from being passed from mother to child by testing 95% of pregnant women during their first antenatal care visit; of them, only 0.04 percent tested positive for the virus,” the commissioner said.

Ladan also revealed that, in the appropriations bill that was presented to the Kano state Assembly, Kano State had, for the first time, met its HIV budget target of three percent of the overall health budget.

Together with other partners, USAID in Kano planned the event with the theme “Let Communities Lead.”

In order to fulfill the KSACA budget, the Commissioner was grateful for the lobbying efforts of partners such as USAID, LHSS, NEPWHAN, and KanSLAM.

According to Dr. Usman Bashir, Director General of the State Agency for Control of AIDS (SACA), the organization has enrolled 600 AIDS-affected individuals in order to provide them with the free healthcare service package that the state government has implemented.

“Children living with HIV and the children of those who died from the disease make up the majority of the beneficiaries,” he said.

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