ExxonMobil, the Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative (YEDI) and Grass Root Soccer stressed the need to constantly sensitize the public and adhere to security measures to prevent the spread of HIV / AIDS.
The groups called on the government not to allow efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic to overshadow the country’s fight against HIV / AIDS.
Speaking in Lagos during the Mushin community awareness program, YEDI CEO Oje Ivagba said corporate organizations should establish something similar to CACOVID to support the government, as foreign donations for HIV / AIDS are no longer sustainable.
He said there was a disruption in the supply chain of HIV / AIDS materials due to the global blockade of COVID-19.
“People have sex without a condom, those who need medication have challenges despite the initial inadequate treatment of HIV, which is a gap that Nigeria must address. We should not allow COVID-19 to be an excuse for us not to do everything that is required of us in the fight against HIV.
“HIV / AIDS remains a challenge for Nigeria’s future. Over the past 15 years, we have made great strides in reducing its prevalence. However, since 2019, there is evidence of an increase in cases in six states, including Lagos and Akwa Ibom. “
He advised Nigerians to know their status and to remain protected. “Once you find out your status and want to have sex, use a condom accurately and regularly. The couple should remain faithful to each other. ”