The Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA) has disclosed that no fewer than 72,000 adolescents are living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV. The wife of the governor; Mrs. Bolanle Ambode has stressed that prevention efforts must be doubled, if the world is to fast-track an end to the pandemic. Out of the top 10 states with highest HIV/AIDS prevalence in Nigeria, Rivers is the highest with 15.2 percent. The lowest among the 10 is Ondo with 4.3 percent. Seven months ago, Lagos State Commissioner for health, Dr Jide Idris announced that the state had recorded a drop HIV, prevalence rate from 5.1 in 2013 to 4.1. Speaking, during a stakeholders’ Forum on Adolescents Living with HIV in Lagos to mark this year’s World AIDS Day with the theme: “Hands Up for HIV Prevention”, the Chief Executive Officer, LSACA, Dr Oluseyi Temowo also appealed to stakeholders to come together and fight the epidemic with a view to saving the country’s future leaders. According to him;
‘’HIV occurs in all ages, hence the need to urgently tackle the transmission in adolescent. “Achieving AIDS free generation requires collective efforts, this is why we are calling on government at all levels, individuals and organizations to join us in this quest to make Lagos State HIV Free.’’ Temowo, who stressed the need for all hands to be on deck towards eradicating the HIV pandemic, has said that the State government is committed to ensuring that 90 percent of those affected are on treatment and have low viral load by 2030.