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HIV Cure: Patients call for total cure

As the world marks World Aids Day, Person Living with HIV/AIDS are wondering when there is going to be a total cure for the disease.

As they trooped out en mass to venues of events to mark their day, most of them wear long faces as they complain about a lot of issues affecting them.

Lucy Attah Inya has been living with HIV for twenty two years.

She called on the Nigerian government to take ownership of HIV/AIDS programmes in the country.

She said that the Nigerian government only caters for only two states in the country, out of thirty seven states in the country.

Inya wants government to focus on is the issue of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV.

According to the United Nations Childrens Fund, UNICEF, the elimination of new HIV infections among children can be achieved through the Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission (PMTCT).

It says PMTCT is an intervention to ensure that no child is born with HIV and it is an essential step to ensuring an AIDS free generation.

The PMTCT initiative provides drugs, counseling and psychological support to help mothers safeguard their infants against the virus.

UNICEF also points out that pregnant women infected with HIV are at high risk of transmitting HIV to their infants during pregnancy, during birth or through breastfeeding.

Saying that over 90% of new HIV infections among infants and young children occur through Mother to Child Transmission.

The UN agency also noted that without any intervention, the risk of transmission of infection from the mother to the baby is 20-45 per cent.

UNICEF has played a critical leadership role in setting the global PMTCT agenda, in scaling up national PMTCT programmes in resource-limited settings.

The current global goal is to accelerate progress towards the elimination of new child infections by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive. This can be achieved by ensuring that PMTCT interventions are made available to all women that need it.

The current global goal has 2 targets.

According to the Nigerian government there's concerted effort towards local production of HIV drugs in the country.

The theme of the 2018 World Aids Day is Know Your Stautus.

Source: Voice of Nigeria