Couple of days before the annual celebration of World AIDS day which happens December 1, it was found out that over 250 participants have already registered and confirmed for the upcoming national scientific conference on HIV prevention process billed for Abuja happening on November 29 and 30. Activists were reported to be preparing for the said event and are said to be in the process of making their plan to let their voices be heard, and as well as to stop the stigma.
HIV And The Potential Treatments Available
The conference, which was organized by the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), is considered to be a part of the series of activities targeted to commemorate World AIDS Day 2016, under the theme Hands on for HIV prevention.
According to reports released by the International Business Times, experts claim that antiretroviral therapy is being eyed to have been the reason of the reduction when it comes to the number of Aids-related deaths around the world. Experts suggest that with proper medication and prevention, the treatment has allegedly saved 7.8 millions of lives in the last 15 years.
Meanwhile, in one of their statements revealed by The Nation, Mrs. Toyin Aderibigbe, Head, corporate communications Unit, NACA, has said that the theme of this year's annual convention signifies the fact that Nigeria's national response aligns with the present global direction of increasing HIV prevention efforts. Aderibigbe has further revealed that the conference aims at showcasing the achievements, discussing the lessons learnt and seeking to set the pace for discussing prevention gaps.
Furthermore, experts have claimed that the fight against the global epidemic is not yet over, and the stigma remains high in many parts of the world. Thus, more than a priority of real life stories to tell, activists says that it's with the idea of putting awareness not only of what the disease is, but what it actually is like to live with.