A non-governmental organisation (NGO), AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), said it has distributed 28,000 condoms in six states of the federation to commemorate the 2017 World AIDS Day.
The Senior Nursing Officer of AHF, Mrs Christy Awunor, made this known in Abuja on Friday, while speaking at an event commemorating the World AIDS Day.
Awunor said distribution of the condoms would help to increase awareness on the use of condoms and its role in preventing spread of HIV/AIDS.
According to Wikipaedia, every December 1, since1988, has been designated as the World AIDS Day to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.
“Government and health officials, non-governmental organisations and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.”
The Day reminds the public and governments that HIV has not gone, but that there was still need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education on the scourge.
Theme for 2017 World AIDS Day is: “Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability and Partnerships.”
Awunor said: “AHF is commemorating this day in 38 countries globally, and in six states in Nigeria which are, Nasarawa, Benue, Cross River, Kogi, Anambara and FCT.
“We are providing free HIV/AIDS test and treatment, counselling and advocacy as well as distributing 28,000 condoms in all communities and states where we operate.
“Our condom distribution, demonstration and education are part of our preventive measures for HIV/AIDS; we have dispensers at strategic places in FCT and we fill them up with condoms.
“We want to ensure that condoms are always available and accessible for as many people that want it so as to prevent them from contracting the virus,’’ she said.
Awunor added that the foundation would further reawaken the awareness of condom use in higher institutions and also engaged in HIV/AIDS debates at NYSC Camps.
She said condoms should be encouraged among the younger population as they were highly active sexually. “Abstinence is the only way to avoid becoming infected with HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.
“If they cannot abstain, it is easier and better to use condoms because it can achieve 85 to 90 per cent protection. We at AHF believe that condoms are very important and effective in the prevention of this virus, if used consistently and correctly.