"); NewWindow.document.close(); return false; }

HIV/AIDS eradicating military - study
Tuesday 7 September 2004
Home About PlusNews Country Profiles News Briefs Special Reports Subscribe Archive IRINnews


East Africa
Great Lakes
Horn of Africa
Southern Africa
·South Africa
West Africa
RSS - News Briefs


PlusNews E-mail Subscription

NIGERIA: HIV/AIDS eradicating military - study

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

JOHANNESBURG, 21 June (PLUSNEWS) - HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death in Nigeria's military and police forces, a study carried out among 500 naval officers has suggested.

The study, which was published recently in the Biomedcentral Public Health Journal, estimated that the pandemic was now responsible for more than half the deaths in the forces.

Experts stressed that one of the most realistic ways of controlling the spread of HIV/AIDS across Nigeria was to tackle it in the military.

Research shows that soldiers being posted away from partners for long periods of time are at high risk of HIV infection and often fuel the spread of the disease.

To access the report: http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-4-24.pdf



Recent NIGERIA Reports
Government plans ambitious expansion of antiretroviral therapy,  20/Aug/04
New plant making ARV drugs opens in Lagos,  30/Jul/04
Journalism student says expelled for having HIV,  2/Jul/04
US pledges $58 million to combat HIV/AIDS this year,  7/Jun/04
Rights activist seeks to end discrimination against those with AIDS,  9/May/04
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
Mothers and HIV/AIDS

PlusNews does not take responsibility for info in links supplied.


PlusNews is produced under the banner of RHAIN, the Southern African Regional HIV/AIDS Information Network. RHAIN's members currently include:

  • IRIN
  • Inter Press Service (IPS)
  • Health Systems Trust
  • Health & Development Networks
  • GTZ/Afronets

[Back] [Home Page]

Click to send any feedback, comments or questions you have about IRIN's Website or if you prefer you can send an Email to

The material contained on this Web site comes to you via IRIN, a UN humanitarian information unit, but may not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. If you re-print, copy, archive or re-post any item on this site, please retain this credit and disclaimer. Quotations or extracts should include attribution to the original sources. All graphics and Images on this site may not be re-produced without the express permission of the original owner. All materials copyright © UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 2004