The US government says it has disbursed more than $7.8 billion through its President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to help Nigeria advance the fight against HIV/AIDS.

This is contained in a Saturday statement from the US diplomatic mission in Nigeria commemorating the 20th anniversary of Impact through PEPFAR, which is celebrated annually on January 28.

The statement said the $7.8 billion was to ensure Nigerians living with HIV/AIDS had full access to quality HIV prevention, care and treatment services.

He said the investment resulted in providing more than 1.9 million Nigerians with access to antiretroviral treatment (ART).

“In Nigeria, PEPFAR has disbursed more than $7.8 billion to ensure that all Nigerians living with HIV/AIDS have comprehensive access to quality HIV prevention, care and treatment services.

“Today, Nigeria is on the cusp of controlling the HIV epidemic and is approaching the ’95-95-95′ global targets.

“In other words, 95 percent of people with HIV know their serological status, 95 percent of people with diagnosed HIV infection access treatment, and 95 percent of those receiving treatment have achieved an undetectable viral load.

“Our commitment to end HIV/AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 is an ambitious but achievable goal,” he said.

According to the statement, PEPFAR is the largest commitment by any nation to address a single disease in history and represents the best of American values.

He said the United States has invested more than $100 billion in the global fight against HIV/AIDS and has supported more than 20.1 million people in HIV treatment in more than 50 countries around the world in recent 20 years.

“Our two decades of investments have changed the course of the HIV pandemic by bringing it under control without a vaccine or a cure. Through PEPFAR, we have laid the foundation for the eventual eradication of HIV.

“As President Joe Biden declared on World AIDS Day 2022: ‘We finally have the scientific understanding, the treatments and the tools to build an AIDS-free future where everyone, no matter who they are, where they come from or who they love, they can get the care and respect they deserve.’”

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