NACA warns as report says Nigerians use 578m condoms annually


THE National Agency for the Control of AIDS has called on youths to show restraint during Valentine’s Day, even as a new report revealed that Nigerians were consuming 587m condoms annually.

NACA gave the advice in a statement by its Director-General, Dr. Gambo Aliyu.

The agency said young women between the ages of 20 to 24 have an HIV prevalence rate that is three times that of men within the same age bracket.

The agency described February 14 as a day dedicated to love and “this makes couples celebrate the day in a variety of ways.”

It added, “However, this period witnesses a lot of young people showing love in risky ways. Many impulsive decisions are made in the heat of the moment such as unprotected sex which often leads to unwanted pregnancies and increased risk of acquiring sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS.

“According to UNAIDS, ‘The difference in HIV prevalence between women and men is greatest among younger adults, with young women aged 20-24 years more than three times as likely to be living with HIV as young men in the same age group.”

The agency further stated that among children aged 0-14 years, HIV prevalence is 0.2 per cent.

Meanwhile, it has been revealed that Nigerians consume about 587m condoms yearly.

This is according to a new report on condom access and utilisation in Nigeria by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in collaboration with NACA and the NOI Polls.

It states that Nigeria needs at least 1.15bn condoms yearly to be able to attain 90 per cent coverage and bring down sexually transmitted diseases to a minimum.

SOURCE: Punchng

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