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About Our HIV Programme

We are passionate about the provision of quality health services to prevent HIV, care for, and treat people living with HIV. A HIV free world is possible.

We focus on implementing evidence-based strategies in the following areas:

  • Provision of HIV Testing Services (HTS)
  • Anti-retroviral Treatment (ART) for adults, adolescents and children
  • Care and support for people living with and people affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Provision of Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) services
  • Laboratory diagnosis and tracking of patients’ status,
  • Monitoring and evaluation of patients and program progress.
  • Support to Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC),
  • Gender-Based Violence (GBV) support services
  • Training in all the above areas.

All these are accomplished through projects like the ACTION to Sustain Precision and Integrated HIV Response towards Epidemic Control (ASPIRE) funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief( PEPFAR) through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Currently, this project runs in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nasarawa, Rivers and Katsina states. As of March 2023, 576,171 patients received ARV drugs and treatment under this project..

The 2019 Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) pegged the country’s prevalence rate at 1.4%. However, this national percentage does not represent the prevalence in individual states. For instance, the state with the highest prevalence is Akwa Ibom State with 5.5% prevalence followed by Benue State with 5.3% prevalence and then Rivers State with 3.8% prevalence rate. It was estimated that about 79% of people living with HIV in Rivers State were not on treatment.

Therefore, as a leading implementing partner of the US PEPFAR funded HIV programs, through the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN) was mandated in April 2019 to spearhead a response to address this situation in Rivers State. IHVN had previously responded to a critical HIV prevalence in Benue State when the prevalence was higher than 5.3%.

There are 23 Local Government Areas in Rivers state, and about 117 health facilities are currently supported to provide HIV services.