Nigeria: “21% of people living with HIV in Nigeria experience stigma and discrimination”

21 percent of people aged 18 to 44 living with HIV in Nigeria experience stigma and discrimination, a new report reveals.

The report, entitled “Nigeria People Living with HIV (PLHIV) Stigma Survey,” was published yesterday by the Network of People Living with HIV / AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN) with technical assistance from its implementing partners.

NEPWHAN National Coordinator Ibrahim Abdulkadir said the report assesses the stigma of HIV-infected people and is based on a study of 1,240 HIV-infected people in the country.

It comprised the collection of qualitative and quantitative data using structured, globally standardized questionnaires.

According to the report, the Northeast and North-Central reported experiencing the highest levels of stigma and discrimination in the past 12 months.

Stigma Survey Index advisor Nonso Onwudinjo said the survey was conducted in federal capital territory and 16 states.

The states are: Abia, Imo, Enugu, Anambra, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers, Edo, Cross River, Lagos, Oyo, Nasarawa, Benue, Taraba, Gombe, Kaduna and Kano.

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