NACA Advises Youths To Abstain From Having Sexual Intercourse
Just as Valentine’s day is being celebrated by many countries across the globe, Nigeria inclusive, the National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA) has advised Nigeria youths on Wednesday to zip up and not engage in unprotected sexual activities.
This advice was issued by the Dr Sani Aliyu, Director-General of the agency today during a programme aimed at marking the 2018 World Condom Day in Abuja on Wednesday.
The Director-General also urged the youths to go for a medical test in order to determine and have knowledge of their HIV status.
Aliyu told the youths not to be carried away by Valentine’s day celebration as he advised them to abstain from unprotected sex.
He also noted that the best way to avoid contracting HIV is through abstinence from sex.
In his words, “It is important for our youths to stay protected, HIV is still much around and the best way for them to protect themselves from HIV is through abstinence.”
“However, if they cannot abstain from sex, then they have to use a barrier protection. Yesterday and today is an opportunity for everyone to get tested for HIV.”
“All youths should get tested to know their status; it is very easy and not painful.” “Persons who test positive will be placed on medication that will help them live a normal and healthy life, while those negative should take necessary precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones.”
Dr Greg Abiaziem, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), Acting Country Programme Manager, who was also present at the occasion contributed by disclosing the main purpose of the programme.
According to Abiazem, the programme is aimed enlightening more people about how HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) can be prevented.
The programme manager pointed out the importance of abstaining from sex at a young age and the need to caution oneself from having unprotected sex.
Quoting him, “It is important to ensure that condom option was made available as a preventive measure to youths who can’t abstain from sex as new HIV infections highest among young people is from 15 years to 24 years.’’
Speaking further, Abiaziem disclosed that a high percentage of youth have tested positive to HIV.
In his words, “The national health survey data suggests that about 4.2 per cent of young people 15 to 24 years are living with HIV.”
He further disclosed that his organisation is helping to fight against the spread of HIV and also provide care for those living with HIV and AIDS by given them drugs, treatment and necessary advise.