The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has urged Nigerians to know their HIV status as we enter into a New Year. NACA Director General Dr Aliyu Gambo said the agency has been partnering with development and implementing partners, including stakeholders at both states and local government levels.
He NACA has taken bold steps to prevent new infection by consistently providing information, education, and availability of HIV/AIDS related services to Nigerians irrespective of where they reside in the country.”We must build on the successes recorded so far as individuals, families and communities by ensuring deliberate efforts are put in to avert new infection as we move into a new decade and most importantly, make efforts to know our HIV status, which allows individual to make informed decisions either way the result turns out.
He said: ‘’Why are we making noise saying HIV should be under control in the next couple of years? It is because we want Nigerians to know their HIV status. If it’s negative they continue to live a normal life and if positive, they can get treated.” He further stated that being aware of one’s status was no longer difficult as Nigerians can now get tested in a matter of minutes by getting a test strip. DG told Nigerians to Remember, people still get infected with HIV every day, mostly as a result of indiscriminate sexual behaviors.