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Rivers state tops list of states with highest HIV rates in Nigeria


Two South-south states are among the three states with the highest HIV prevalence rate in Nigeria.

Akwa Ibom tops the prevalence rate chart with about 5.5 per cent of its residents living with the virus. It is followed by Benue which has a prevalence rate of 5.3 per cent while Rivers is third with a prevalence rate of 3.8 per cent.

The details were contained in the Nigerian HIV/AIDs Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) whose result was released last week in Abuja.

The result shows that about one per cent of Nigerians (1.9 million people) are currently living with HIV/AIDs.

This figure, according to the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, moves Nigeria from second to the fourth position among countries battling the HIV epidemic.

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks cells in the immune system, which serves as the body’s natural defence against illnesses.

Though the popular way of contracting this virus is through vaginal or anal sex, there are other ways. These include sharing of needles or syringes, piercings, tattoos, blood transfusions, semen (cum), or vaginal fluids into open cuts or sores on the body.

HIV currently has no cure but can be prevented and managed with proper medication.
Below is the full list of states and their HIV prevalence rate.

I converted the tables to show prevalence in descending order for ease of reading. USE THESE:
States HIV prevalence (%)
Akwa Ibom 5.5
Benue 5.3
Rivers 3.8
Taraba 2.9
Anambra 2.4
Abia 2.1
Cross River 2.0
Enugu 2.0
Nassarawa 2.0
Bayelsa 1.9
Delta 1.9
Edo 1.9
Imo 1.8
Ogun 1.6
Plateau 1.6
FCT 1.6
Lagos 1.4
Gombe 1.3
Adamawa 1.2
Borno 1.2
Kaduna 1.1
Ondo 1.1
Kwara 1.0
Kogi 0.9
Osun 0.9
Oyo 0.9
Ebonyi 0.8
Ekiti 0.8
Niger 0.7
Kano 0.6
Kebbi 0.6
Bauchi 0.5
Zamfara 0.5
Sokoto 0.4
Yobe 0.4
Jigawa 0.3
Katsina 0.3
HIV prevalence according to Geopolitical zones
Zones HIV prevalence (%)
South-South 3.1
North-Central 2.1
South-East 1.9
South-West 1.2
North-East 1.1
North-West 0.6

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