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Valentine Day : Love Wisely, NACA Urges Nigerians



In this season of love, the director general, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) Dr. Sani Aliyu, has called on Nigerians, especially young people, to love wisely and know their HIV status.

The DG expressed concern that only one in six young people know their HIV status in the country, noting that about one in seven young persons in the country experience their first sexual contact by the age of 15 years.

This, together with the practice of having multiple sexual partners, Sani said, increases HIV vulnerability among youths. According to him, “New HIV infection is currently highest among young people aged 15-24 years.

It is important to reduce this worrying 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 (STDs) including HIV and unwanted pregnancies.

“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.”


Hammed Tajudeen is the editor in-chief of Blaze News, holds Higher National Diploma(HND) in Mass Communication, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree.



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