Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Gambo Aliyu, yesterday urged Nigerians, particularly young people, to seize the opportunity of this year’s Valentine’s Day to know their HIV status.
In his message to mark this year’s Valentine’s Day, Aliyu, urged the youth to express love within the contest of caring deeply for their loved ones with the intention to protect them from all forms of harm and avoiding risk that would make them vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
He said many people engaged in risky behaviours during the period thereby putting themselves at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
He said: “This occasion, though significant in the lives of people globally, brings a lot of cause to worry about, as the expression of love, especially among adolescents, youths and other diverse populations most often fall out of context.
“This period is observed to witness high rate of indiscriminate sexual activities and other amoral behaviours that lead to uninformed decisions among many. This development, most often than not, exposes many people to high risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.”