HIV/AIDS: Know­ing your sta­tus can save your life – NACA

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - By Ruby Leo

The Na­tional Agency for the Con­trol of AIDS (NACA) has called on all Nige­ri­ans to un­dergo coun­sel­ing and test­ing for HIV/ AIDS, say­ing that they need not fear is­sues of stigma­ti­za­tion as their rights is now pro­tected by law.

In a mes­sage to cel­e­brate, “world day for safety and health at work” the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of NACA, Pro­fes­sor John Idoko noted knowl­edge is key to preven­tion of any dis­ease and know­ing ones sta­tus avail one of quickly seek­ing treat­ment early which could save one’s life.

“NACA would like to urge Nige­ri­ans on this day to take charge by un­der­go­ing HIV/ AIDS coun­selling and test­ing to know their sta­tus. Test­ing is key to com­bat­ing the spread of the virus as it pro­vides per­sons in­fected with HIV/AIDS an op­por­tu­nity to get early med­i­ca­tion, while non-in­fected per­sons can know their sta­tus to en­able them stay and live pos­i­tive”.

“The is­sue of stigma and dis­crim­i­na­tion has been a huge im­ped­ing fac­tor in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. This,has en­croached deeply into our com­mu­ni­ties as people fear the need to know and dis­close their sta­tus. How­ever, with thep­as­sage of the Bill to pre­vent stigma and dis­crim­i­na­tion, it is our hope and be­lief that it would go a long way in pro­tect­ing in­di­vid­u­als liv­ing with the virus at home and in our var­i­ous places of work,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to him the HIV virus can­not be con­tracted through, shar­ing of writ­ing ma­te­ri­als or files, eat­ing to­gether, shak­ing of hands or hug­ging but ad­vised that work­ers can curb the spread of HIV/AIDS through, to­tal ab­sti­nence from sex­ual ac­tiv­i­ties that put one at risk, be­ing faith­ful to one part­ner, use of con­dom dur­ing sex­ual in­ter­course, avoid­ance of shar­ing sharp ob­jects and con­tact with ex­posed and un­screened blood.

PHOTO: IKECHUKWU IBE

From left: Past pres­i­dent Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional, Wil­fred Wilkin­son; Min­is­ter of Health, Prof. Onye­buchi Chukwu; Min­is­ter of State for Health, Dr. Khaliru Al­has­san and Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary NPHDA, Dr. Ado Muham­mad, dur­ing the Nigeria Polio Sum­mit in Abuja yes­ter­day.

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