The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has advised the youths to “love wisely’’ as they prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Wednesday.
The Director Generalof NACA, Dr Sani Aliyu, gave the advice in a statement issued by the Head, Public Relations and Protocol of the agency, Toyin Aderibigbe, in Abuja on Monday.
Aliyu urged youths to express love cautiously and carefully, within the context of caring deeply for their loved ones.
He said that knowing one’s HIV status was necessary because of the present high prevalence rate of HIV infection among young persons aged between 15 and 24 in Nigeria.
The statement read; “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.’’