There is need for a national survey in Nigeria that will give the exact figure for the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, the  Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said on Sunday.

A total of $100 million has been set aside by Nigeria's partners in the fight against HIV/AIDS to conduct the survey.

It will rebase the HIV epidemic in Nigeria, they believe.

The Country Director of the UNAIDS, Dr Erasmus Morah, announced the plan in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja.

He said that most the support for the survey would come from the United States Government and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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Morah said available data showed that Nigeria had about 3.2 million people living with HIV, with a prevalence of about 3.2%.

"Some people feel that Nigeria doesn’t have as many as 3.2 million people living with HIV, while others feel that more than 3.2 million people are living with HIV in Nigeria.

"We need to take a closer look at the HIV prevalence in Nigeria. A national survey will tell us the exact prevalence in the country," he said.

Morah said the survey would be conducted in 2018.

He said that UNAIDS was providing support to Nigeria to own and sustain funding the HIV response.

Morah commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent commitment to maintain 60,000 people living with HIV on treatment.

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He also commended the efforts of the president to care for additional 50,000 people on treatment each year, using domestic resources, as part of Nigeria’s HIV Fast Track plan.

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