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New Year: NACA urges abstinence to check HIV/AIDS spread


PHOTO: Medscape

PHOTO: Medscape

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has called on Nigerians to avoid engaging in risky behaviours that could propel the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country this Yuletide season.

NACA, in a press statement made available to The Guardian, said in fulfilment of its mandate to curb the spread of this dreaded virus, remind Nigerians to share and show the symbol of love responsibly in a manner that could halt the spread of HIV.

It expressed concern at the indiscriminate sexual and other negative activities during the season that could lead to uninformed decision-making and appealed to the general public not share HIV and to also demonstrate love by avoiding risky sexual behaviours, while sharing gifts among loved ones.

“Our New Year resolutions must include knowing our HIV status and showing love affection to person’s infected and affected by HIV.

“As we go about enjoying the Christmas and New Year holidays, let us do everything moderately, avoid risky behaviours that can lead to HIV infection.

“It is good to abstain from sex if you are not married, use condom consistently and correctly if you cannot abstain and remain faithful to our spouses.

“Let us avoid the abuse of alcohol/drugs and drink responsibly if you must, as most decisions taken under the influence might not be the best, which may be regrettable later on.

“Get tested today. However, the outcome of the result, if you are negative, you will learn how to remain negative and if it turns out positive, you will commence treatment immediately, which is free in all government hospitals and selected private hospital; It is still a win-win,” the statement added.

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