The National Agency for the Control of AIDS Monday advised Nigerians, particularly young people, to know their HIV status and avoid risky behaviours during the Valentine’s Day celebration.
NACA Director-General, Dr Gambo Aliyui, in a statement, said the new HIV infection was currently highest among young people aged 15-24 years.
He said: “It’s important to reduce this worrying trend among Nigerian youths by encouraging faithful relationships for those who cannot abstain from sex to practice safer sex”.
He urged Nigerians, especially youths, to express love within the context of caring deeply for their loved ones and to avoid behaviours that make them vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.
“I urge you to avoid risky behaviours as we commemorate Valentine’s Day. Love wisely, share love, not HIV. Get an HIV test today,” Aliyu said.