November 20, 2012
According to Nigeria's Lagos State Government, at least 388,864 Nigerians were infected with HIV in 2011. On November 15, Dr. Dolapo Badru, Special Advisor to the Governor on Youth and Social Development, spoke at a HIV Prevention and HTC Workshop organized in conjunction with the Lagos State AIDS Control Agency. Badru announced that between 1986 and 2011, 3,459,363 Nigerians now have HIV and 1,449,166 require antiretroviral medications. He also stated, "As of today, 5.4 million young people out of the global population of 1.7 billion are living with HIV and 40 percent of new HIV infections occur among young people; they have the highest rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)." He went on to say that 55 percent of AIDS deaths in Nigeria are currently occurring among women and girls.