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Even though HIV doesn’t pose a great threat to human lives anymore as it was some years back, its prevalence continues to hang on the necks of the population at large especially in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The number of people living with HIV in Nigeria from the 2019 National HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey is 1.9 million with a prevalence of 1.4%.
Nevertheless, a small proportion of these people are being treated on the antiretroviral therapy- 34% of adults and 26% of children respectively. This number needs to increase considerably if we wish to work towards an HIV-free future.
Research also shows that, 76% of people on ART have achieved viral suppression and that for every 10% increase in treatment coverage there is a 1% decline in the percentage of new infections among people living with HIV.
For us to see more of these results, it is paramount that people living with HIV adhere to their treatment plans. It is very important for people to understand that ARVs are only effective when taken correctly. otherwise, patients build up drug resistance the drugs become ineffective.
Achieving the 90% viral suppression goal for all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will only be possible if people living with HIV adhere to their ARV medications.
Adhering to The ARV treatment can be a struggle sometimes since they are taken orally in the form of a combination of tablets every day.
But, it so far the best solution to reduce the risk of HIV transmission and managing the virus effectively to achieve viral suppression, where HIV-positive people are unlikely to transmit the virus as their viral load becomes undetectable and also to help them live long, healthy, productive, normal lives.
A plausible solution to this issue of non-adherence will be to use an application for medication reminder on smartphones. In recent years, there has been a thrive in the use of smartphones and the internet in Africa; it is becoming easier for the population to access all the features that come with a smartphone.
MyTherapy is a medication and health tracker app that can be used by people living with HIV. The app is downloadable for free on both iOS and Android; it is a useful and practical tool that encourages and helps its users to take their medication dutifully.

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