The United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF says it has assisted over 700,000 Adolescent and Young Person with HIV information in Kaduna State in the last two years.
UNICEF’s HIV and AIDS Specialist, Kaduna Field Office, Idris Baba, said this in Kaduna in commemoration of the 2018 World AIDS Day.
He said the programme which commenced in 2016 covering seven local government areas was in conjunction with Kaduna State Government.
He listed the LGAs to include Jama’a, Jaba, Lere, Kagarko, Igabi, Chikun and Birnin Gwari.
He said close to 90,000 of the youths now know their HIV status compared with the less than one per cent of the group which knew their status in 2016.
He added that HIV prevalence among children based on a recent survey had dropped from 2.2 per cent to about one per cent in the state.