Open Journal of Epidemiology

Volume 9, Issue 4 (November 2019)

ISSN Print: 2165-7459   ISSN Online: 2165-7467

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Prevalence of HIV among Adolescent Children in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja Nigeria

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DOI: 10.4236/ojepi.2019.94023    430 Downloads   655 Views  


Adolescents in Africa have low HIV testing rates. Determining the HIV prevalence among this group is very important because adolescents living with HIV (ALHIV) have worse health outcome than other populations of people living with HIV. This study aimed at determining the prevalence of HIV among children of adolescents age (10 - 18 years) that come for HIV testing in virology laboratory of National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Abuja from January 2013 to December 2018. The result was expressed in percentage and disaggregated by sex. Out of 533 adolescents tested over 6 years, 252 (51.9%) females and 234 (48.1%) were males. A total of 69 (14.1%) of them were tested HIV positive which 42 (8.6%) were females and 27 (5.5%) were males. The result of this study indicates that there is epidemics of HIV among adolescents living in Federal Capital Territory Abuja. It is also evident that females are more vulnerable to HIV infection than the males. There is therefore need for urgent standard and comprehensive procedure for adolescents living with HIV transitioning from paediatric to adult care. This also calls for intensive enlightment on HIV education especially in our basic and post basic schools in Abuja.

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Mohammed, S. , Ya’aba, Y. , Njoku, M. , Abarike, M. , Izebe, K. , Ezeunala, M. , Usoroh, M. , Asawa, E. , Olatunji, K. , Abdulmumin, A. , Oladosu, P. and Adigwe, O. (2019) Prevalence of HIV among Adolescent Children in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja Nigeria. Open Journal of Epidemiology, 9, 321-328. doi: 10.4236/ojepi.2019.94023.

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