The Nigerian HIV/AIDs Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) indicates that about 1.9 million Nigerians are now living with the disease, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the appointment came as a result of the expiration of the initial appointment in 2018.
The new data differentiate HIV prevalence by state, indicating an epidemic that is having a greater impact in certain areas of the country.
The President noted that a lot of people are being infected with the virus and over a million don't have access to the treatment and care. HIV prevalence among the same age group in the North Central zone is 2.0 per cent, and in the South East zone (1.9%).
In his response, Sidibe said he was pleased to be in the ministry, particularly as the day witnessed the launch of the survey on HIV/AIDS by President Muhammadu Buhari.
"The Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey represents an extraordinary example of what can be achieved by working together", Young said adding that, "the United States government looks forward to increased government of Nigeria ownership and investment in the HIV response to ensure sustainability".
He added that in line with his administration commitment to healthcare, the government would ensure more people living with HIV are put on free anti-retroviral treatment.
"The official HIV prevalence for persons aged 15-49 years in Nigeria is now 1.4 percent".
"I commend the Government of Nigeria and its partners for conducting this ambitious survey, which provides us with a much better understanding of the country's HIV epidemic", said Mr Sidibé.
Giving a further breakdown, the Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Sani Aliyu, explained that the percentage of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in Nigeria, among the age group of 15-49 years, was 1.4 per cent (1.9 per cent among females and 0.9 per cent among males).
He said the survey was the best in the world because of the non-interference policy employed and the use of better quality laboratories.
She also encouraged government and relevant stakeholders to commit more resources to stem the epidemic among future generation of Nigerians. The survey also showed that Northern Nigeria has a lower HIV/AIDS burden than south.
"I appreciate Mr President for adequate funding of the survey which was done in the most efficient manner and it is the largest survey done in nine months". She made the call during a courtesy visit by Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), on Thursday, 14 March, 2019 at the State House, Abuja.