The United Nations has commended President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan for signing the Anti-Discrimination Law which protects the rights and dignity of the people living with HIV and AIDS.
Nigeria has more than three million people living with HIV and AIDS. A report by National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) found that HIV and AIDS prevalence rate has declined from 5.1 percent to 3.4 percent in Nigeria.
AdvertisementThe Anti-Discrimination Act 2014 makes it illegal to discriminate people living with HIV based on their HIV status. It is hoped that the Anti-Discrimination law will create a supportive environment, allowing HIV infected people to lead a normal life.
United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) along with NACA ensures that people living with HIV receives treatment, care and support services. HIV and AIDS is no longer a life-threatening disease because through anti-retroviral treatment, people infected with HIV can lead a normal life.