Valentine’s Day: NACA Urges Nigerians To Get Tested, Know HIV Status
The Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) Dr. Sani Aliyu has urged Nigerians, especially young people, to know their HIV status.as they celebrate Valentine’s Day.
This was made known in a statement made available to newsmen signed by Head, Public Relations and Protocol, NACA. Mrs Toyin Aderibigbe,
The DG noted that about one in seven young persons in Nigeria experience their first sexual contact by the age of 15 years.
The DG stated that “New HIV infection is currently highest among young people aged 15-24 years.
Dr. Sani Aliyu urged Nigerians, especially the youths, to express love within the context of caring deeply for their loved ones and avoid risky behavior that will make them vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and other STDs..
The DG NACA said it was important to reduce HIV/AIDS trend among Nigerian youths by encouraging faithful relationships for those who cannot abstain from sex, and the use of barrier protection such as condoms, which prevent Sexually Transmitted Diseases including HIV and unwanted pregnancies.
“One in seven young persons in Nigeria experience their first sexual contact by the age of 15 years. “
This, together with the practice of having multiple sexual partners increases HIV vulnerability among youths.
“New HIV infection is currently highest among young people aged 15-24 years.
This period is particularly noted for young people expressing their love for one another. “As we express love on this day, remember to Love Wisely.
As members of the wider society, your health and productivity is vital to the future of our country. So, I urge you to avoid risky behaviors as we commemorate Valentine’s Day. Love Wisely, Share Love not HIV. Get a HIV test today.”