Nigeria moves to stem fresh HIV cases

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria will administer Anti-Retroviral Drugs (ARV) on ' high-risk groups' as a way of stemming fresh HIV cases, according to Director-Ge n eral of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Prof.
John Idoko.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted Idoko as saying Wednesday that the vulne rable groups included commercial sex workers and Injection Drug Users (IDU).
The NACA chief said the decision to administer ARV on high-risk groups foll0owed a study on 'pre-exposure prophylaxesâ? conducted in South Africa.
He said the concept of pre-exposure prophylaxes is not a new concept,'' adding ' 'it is just that it is new in HIV.
Itâ?s an old concept that we all know about.
If you give people anti-malarial drugs, they will not get malaria.
''We also know from proof of concept that if you give anti-retroviral drugs to a woman who is pregnant and is HIV positive, you can prevent the woman from passing the virus to the baby.
So the idea is if you give someone who is HIV negative ARV drugs, you can use those drugs to prevent the person from contracting HIV from someone who is HIV positive,'' Idok o said.

28 july 2010 13:10:00

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