The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and its ally organizations, have discovered that only a meagre 70 million Nigerians out of its over 200 million population use condoms, in defiance of the various highly contagious sexually transmitted diseases in the land.
This comes following a recent report on condom access and utilization in Nigeria by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), in collaboration with the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and other organizations.
The outcome of the report shows that this represents 34 percent of the Nigerian population, which is estimated to be 206 million, according to the United Nations record.
Besides this, the report discovered that there exists a gap of 564 million condoms needed annually in order to achieve 90 percent coverage across the country.
A further breakdown of the report showed that the North Central, South-South, and South East geopolitical zones used more condoms than any other region in the country, at 44, 42, 40 percent, respectively, while South West, North East and North West stand at 38, 26, and 22%, respectively in condom use. More males were also discovered to have access to condoms than their female counterparts, the report also said.
Speaking on Friday, in Abuja, to commemorate this year’s International Condom Day, the Director General of NACA, Dr. Gambo Aliyu, emphasised that condoms play a vital role in the country’s HIV response strategy in relation to prevention concerning proper and consistent use, stressing however, the agency’s preference for promotion of faithfulness among partners.
“If people are faithful to their partners, the use of condoms to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) will be unnecessary,” he reiterated.
He said: “Today’s event, since its first commemoration in 2009 has been part of the various innovative ways of promoting the use of condoms and reminding sexually active people that correct use of condoms can prevent sexually transmitted infections like HIV as well as unwanted pregnancy.
“The difference in HIV prevalence between women and men is greatest among younger adults, with young women aged 20 to 24 years more than three times as likely to be living with HIV as young men in the same age group. Among children aged 0-14 years, HIV prevalence is 0.2 percent.”/SHARE THIS
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