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Majority of Nigerians Think HIV/AIDS Not Real: Official

September 21, 2004

"Ninety percent of Nigerians know about HIV/AIDS, but only 20 percent believe it is real," Babatunde Osotimehin, chair of the National Action Committee on HIV/AIDS (NACA), told reporters Monday in Lagos. He said NACA will boost its awareness campaign by raising the number of information-dissemination agents from 20 to 40. Nigeria's government seeks to reduce HIV prevalence from the current 5 percent to 2.5 percent by the end of 2005, he said. President Bush's emergency plan for AIDS relief and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria will assist in NACA's campaign, Osotimehin said. Already, the two entities are helping provide antiretrovirals. "Fifteen thousand Nigerians are currently treated with the drugs which would increase to 30,000 before the end of this year," he said.

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Adapted from:
Xinhua News Agency

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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