Nigeria has a national HIV prevalence of 5.8%. Abuja’s rate of infection grew from 7 to 10% from 1999 to 2001 due to ignorance about personal risk of HIV and of benefits of voluntary counseling and testing (VCT).There is no standard VCT center in the city. Available testing services may be coercive, costly, or lack strict confidentiality, increasing fear of stigma. Beneficiaries include migrant workers, traders, motorists, tourist, sex workers, youths and pregnant women in the city.
Providing VCT and follow up support; increasing awareness about personal risk of getting HIV; increasing knowledge about the benefits of VCT; increasing demand for VCT through community outreach campaigns.
Reducing spread of HIV; mitigating its impact; reducing fear & anxiety associated with HIV testing; improving the length & quality of lives of those who test positive by linking them to treatment, care & support services; and reducing HIV stigma
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