As part of its drive to minimize the scourge of HIV/AIDS in the country, about five states including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja are to benefit from the distribution of 600, 000 condoms courtesy of an NGO, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
Country Programme Director for the Foundation, Dr. EcheyIjezie made this known in Calabar during a sensitization rally to market the idea of sex with use of condom.
He disclosed that the use of condoms in the fight against HIV/AIDS is very imperative as consequence of having unsafe sex outweighed sex with condom.
Ijezie said: “We are creating awareness for the use of condom because condom is still the cheapest and the safest method of preventing HIV, sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies.
“We are distributing 600,000 condoms during this period across the five states of our operation in Cross River, Anambra, Benue, Kogi, Nassarawa and FCT Abuja. These condoms are for free and we want persons to use them to protect themselves and stay healthy.
“That is why we are marking International Condom Day. The day is usually marked every 13th of February but because of activities taking place around that time, we had to mark it today.
“There is a wide range of activities AHF is involved in, including entrepreneurship training, community mobilization, support services for HIV testing and treatment. The essence of what we are doing is for safety and not promotion of promiscuity. People are sexually active.
You can’t run away from that fact. We want them to ensure that they practice safe sex.”
Ijezie said AHF has been in existence in Nigeria since 2011 and operates in five states and the Federal Capital Territory, is in 43 countries across the world and 13 of the countries are in Africa.
“We are at the forefront of promoting abstinence and we also preach against discrimination and stigmatization”, he said.