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Valentine's Day: protect yourself against STD and AIDS - NACA boss



As the world prepares to celebrates Valentine's Day on February 14, 2018, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has advised everyone, especially Nigerian youths to protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases and the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

The Director General of NACA, Mr. Sani Aliyu, gave the advice through a statement released by  the head of Public Relations and Protocol of the agency, Toyin Aderibigbe, in Abuja on Monday, February 12, 2018.

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The statement reads in part, “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.

“I urge you also to take advantage of the spirit of love and togetherness that the Valentine’s Day signifies to know your HIV status.’’

“It is important to reduce this worrying trend among Nigerian youths by encouraging faithful relationships; for those who cannot abstain from sex, the use of barrier protection such as condoms is advised.

“Condoms prevent Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), HIV and unwanted pregnancies.

“The practice of having multiple sexual partners increases HIV vulnerability among the youth population alongside the very low HIV testing rates.

“It is worthwhile to know that only 17 per cent of young people know their HIV status; as such this is alarming enough to make them avoid risky behaviours.

“They should share love and not HIV."

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