Valentine’s Day celebration: NACA urges Nigerian youths to play safe

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has encouraged Nigerians, especially young people, to know their HIV status, play safe and stay protected as they celebrate St Valentine’s Day.

Director General of the agency, Dr.

Sani Aliyu gave the advice as a result of concerns that only one of six young people know their HIV status in this country.

“Knowing your HIV status is important for your future health and that of your loved ones”.

Dr.

Aliyu said.

The DG also noted that about 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.

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 including HIV and unwanted pregnancies.

” He advised.

The DG stressed that this period is particularly noted for young people expressing their love for one another and urges Nigerians, especially the youths, to express love within the context of caring deeply for their loved ones and avoiding risky behavior that will make them vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and other STDs.

The DG, Dr.

Sani Aliyu stated that “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.

” 
He however wishes Nigerian youths a Happy Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day celebration: NACA urges Nigerian youths to play safe

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