Federal health agencies in Nigeria have advised Nigerians to spread love during St. Valentine day not HIV/AIDS in a recent presss conference after a survey conducted by NOIPolls has revealed that 66 per cent of Nigerians do not use a condom, even though 92 per cent know what a condom is.
This was revealed at a press briefing organised by AIDS Health Foundation (AHF), in collaboration with the National Agency for the control of AIDS (NACA) and NOIPolls held in Abuja to mark this year’s International Condom Day (ICD) and also to present the results of a national poll on condom access and utilisation in Nigeria.
Presenting the report of the poll, Chief Executive Director of NOIPolls, Dr. Chike Nwangwu, said the survey, which was carried out in all the six geopolitical zones, showed that while 83 per cent of the people agree on the importance of condom use, 61 per cent asked for free distribution across the country to help prevent diseases and early pregnancy.
Nwangwu, however, called for more advocacy by the government and stakeholders to create more awareness, accessibility, and use of condoms, especially in rural areas.
Speaking earlier, Director General of NACA, Dr. Gambo Aliyu, in his address, said the agency couldn’t monitor the national response without evaluating how preventive measures could help against the spread of diseases, Guardian Newspaper reports.
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