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Man To Die For Killing Wife Who ‘Infected Him’ With HIV

An Ikeja High Court on Tuesday sentenced one Katungi Phillips to death for stabbing his wife, Justina James, to death for allegedly infecting him with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Justice Raliatu Adebiyi, sentenced Phillips after finding him guilty of murder. “The prosecution was able to prove by cogent circumstantial evidence that the defendant intended to kill the deceased. “I hereby find the defendant guilty of the murder of Justina James. “In view of the mandatory sentence for murder in Section 221…

HIV+ Woman Who Accused President Zuma Of Rape May Be Right, Says Deputy

South Africa Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, said he believed the woman who filed rape charges against President Jacob Zuma in 2006. Zuma was tried and acquitted of raping Fezekile Kuzwayo, also known as Khwezi, 11 years ago, when she was a guest in his home. In spite the acquittal the trial damaged Zuma’s reputation, not least because Khwezi – who died in 2016, was HIV-positive and Zuma told the court that he had taken the precaution of “showering” after unprotected sex. Ramaphosa, who is vying with Zuma for…

HIV/AIDS: Urgent Need For Local Fund Commitment

As Nigeria joined the rest of the world to commemorate the World AIDS Day, (WAD), on December 1, stakeholders say the Nigerian government needs to commit local resources to tackle the HIV/AIDS pandemic, squarely. Currently, donor funds are dwindling and it rests on the Nigerian government to find alternative source of funding for anti-retroviral used by People Living With HIV And AIDS (PLWHAs) in order to avoid a surge. Nigeria has the second highest HIV burden after South Africa. Local funding for HIV is less than10…

16, 000 Died Of HIV In Borno In 3 Years — NEPWAN

The Borno chapter of the Network of Persons Living with HIV and AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWAN), says more than 16, 000 members of the organisation died in the past three years in Borno. Its Chairman, Hassan Mustapha, told newsmen on Saturday in Maiduguri that the victims died due to the activities of Boko Haram, which made it difficult for patients to access Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) and other support services. Mustapha was speaking against the backdrop of the 2017 World AIDS Day. He explained that more than 27, 000…

World AIDS Day: Nigeria With Second Largest AIDS Cases In The World

In a frightening revelation on Friday at the occasion of the World AIDS Day, Nigeria is ranked as the second largest country with HIV/AIDS pandemic in the world. It was also revealed that this might not be unconnected with the shortage of testing kits and anti-retroviral drugs in the country. Country Director of One Campaign, an international advocacy group, Serah Makka-Ugbabe, who disclosed this in Abuja at a workshop on the role of Primary Healthcare facilities in addressing the HIV/AIDS Epidemic, lamented that most…

HIV/AIDS’ Miracle Cure Business Booms In Nigeria

Blessing wanted to believe the advert on Facebook that promised “a cure for AIDS”. Infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), she felt the ad was her only hope — so against her better judgement, she clicked on the link. The 30-year-old Nigerian had created a fake profile on the social networking site in the hope of contacting a traditional healer who would be familiar with modern technology. For 100,000 naira — about $280 (230 euros) and more than five times the monthly minimum wage — she was promised a…

World AIDS Day 2017: HIV Has Not Gone Away

On World AIDS Day, the United States remembers all those who have lost their lives to AIDS, and honors those working together to stop this disease, from caregivers to the families, friends, and communities supporting them. Each year, we renew our commitment to assist those who are living with or at risk from HIV/AIDS. In Nigeria and around the world, we are closer to controlling the HIV/AIDS pandemic than ever before – binding communities, scientists, and political leaders together to envision a very different future. What…

I Was Scared My Son Might Contact HIV Virus From Breast Milk- Maimuna

Ajayi Maimuna is a young mother in her 30's. She became HIV positive after her first three children and it remains a puzzle to her how she contacted the disease. Maimuna, who spoke to our correspondent at the Heart to Heart Centre,(H2H) of the Badagry General Hospital, Lagos State, said, "I was scared my son might contact the HIV virus and as a result of that, I only breastfed him for one month and three days. "The first day I was told of my HIV status, I almost died. Then I was pregnant for the fourth child, a baby…