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Title:Legal issues in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria
Author:Olugbemi, Fatula
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Geographic term:Nigeria
public health
health policy
Abstract:This article presents a social and legal analysis of the problem of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. It reviews the effects of the scourge and identifies the compounding factors, both intentional and inadvertent actions as well as the environments in which transmission, stigma and discrimination become manifest. In Nigeria about 3 million people have been infected with HIV. About 170,000 persons died from AIDS in 2007. General well-known causes include promiscuity, prostitution and human trafficking. In Nigeria, the infection rate among female sex workers is 30 percent. Harmful traditional practices include wife 'inheritance,' widow 'cleansing,' female genital mutilation and child marriage. A special factor is discrimination as a result of stigma in relation to HIV/AIDS, which the author believes to be responsible for more deaths among AIDS infected persons than the disease itself. Various legal and extra-legal options of addressing the different aspects of the disease are explored. Every effort should be put in place by the relevant agencies to promote safer sexual practices and to provide a supportive environment for people who are infected. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]