Valentine’s Day: ‘NACA boss charges Nigerians to Share love, not HIV
Written by Olarotimi Oshin on February 13, 2023
As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark this year’s Valentine’s Day on February 14, the Director General, of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, Dr. Gambo Aliyu, is calling on all Nigerians, especially young people, to take advantage of the spirit of love and togetherness that the day signifies, to know their HIV status.
Speaking in Abuja, the D-G emphasized that the importance of all Nigerians knowing their HIV status which he said marks the entry point to the prevention, treatment, and care of HIV/AIDS.
He said that it was expedient for all Nigerians, especially the youths to express love within the context of caring deeply for their loved ones with the intention of protecting them from all forms of harm and avoiding risk factors that will make them vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and other STIs.
In 2021, 1.9 million people in Nigeria were living with HIV, and women were the most affected group according to United Nation statistics.