1 November 2011

Nigeria: HIV/Aids - '70 Percent of New Infections Found in Couples'

Kaduna — The Mode of Transmission Survey (MOT) conducted last March by the Kaduna State Agency for Control of AIDS (KADSACA) and Enhancing Nigeria Response (ENR) shows that about 70 percent of new infections are found in couples, KADSACA Executive Secretary Mr. Patrick Katuka has said.

Speaking with our correspondent, Katuka said but for this revelation, "the focus would have been mostly on commercial sex workers. But now, the survey is helping us to re-strategize again".

He added that the Output-to-Purpose-Response (OPR) survey conducted between 2005 and 2006 by the Department for International Development (DFID) suggested that barracks be looked at "as uniform men are among those mostly at risk".

He advised uniform men, sex workers, transporters, among others to adhere to HIV/AIDS preventive measures.

"For couple, we advise total faithfulness to partners; for young and unmarried people, we usually preach abstinence; while for sex workers, uniform men and transporters, we preach the use of condom," he said.

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