Jalingo — Twenty four thousand, nine hundred and thirty people out of the 110, 849 people living with HIV/AIDS in Taraba State are on treatment.
Director General/Permanent Secretary of the Taraba State AIDS Control Agency (TACA) Dr Siman Ambita'a, at a press conference ahead of the 2013 World AIDS Day, said more health facilities have been opened up to offer better access to HIV/AIDS treatments.
He said 108 people were recorded to have died from AIDS in the state in 2012, stressing that the figure could be higher due to the challenge of under reporting of such cases occasioned by ignorance and fear of stigmatisation.
"We now offer Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV services in 57 health facilities as compared to 51 facilities in 2012. Seventy nine facilities now offer HTC services as against 61 facilities in 2012", he said.
He said as part of activities marking this year's World AIDS Day, TACA would be conducting free counselling and testing and urged members of the public to use the opportunity to know their status.
He said the theme of the 2013 World AIDS Day challenges every Nigerian to know his or her HIV status in order not to live in ignorance and possibly die from the pandemic.
The TACA boss advised intending couples to conduct HIV tests to know their status before getting married, just as he urged married couples to remain faithful to their partners.
He commended the Taraba State acting governor, Garba Umar, the Federal Government as well as local and international partners for supporting the fight against HIV/AIDS.