By Nasiru Yusuf Tsakuwa
The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has called on the people of the nation to avoid risky behaviors as world commemorates Valentine’s Day.
Our correspondent reports that the Director General of the agency, Dr.GamboAliyu made the appeal in a statement issued on his behalf by the spokesperson of the agency, Mrs.ToyinAderibigbe.
The Director General preached: “Love wisely, share love not HIV. Get a HIV test today.”
Aliyu stated that: “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 to practice safer sex.”
According to him, the period is particularly noted for young people expressing their love for one another.
He urged the people of the country, especially the youths, to express love within the context of caring deeply for their loved ones and avoid behavior that would make them vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.
Dr.Aliyu further stated: “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.”