Daily Trust (Abuja)

6 February 2013

Nigeria: Corps Members, NGO Conduct Free HIV Test in Daki-Biyu

The Daki-biyu Community in Jabi, FCT, on Thursday benefitted from the free HIV and AIDS testing and counseling of the NYSC Community Development Group in Abuja.

The NYSC HIV and AIDS Group in collaboration with AIDS Health Care Foundation, an NGO, conducted the test.

Mr Moses Ola, a counsellor with the NGO, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the community was chosen because it was densely populated with artisans.

Ola said that testing and counselling would be conducted, after which there would be follow up to administer drugs to those who were found to be HIV positive.

"The community is like a ghetto with different kinds of people; this outreach is to enlighten the people, then counsel and test them for HIV.

Ola said that anyone who tested positive would be referred to the NGO's treatment centre for medication.

He added that apart from the testing and counselling, the team would distribute condoms to the people in the community as part of enlightenment campaign on how to prevent infection.

Ola said there was a plan to replicate same in other community within the FCT.

The head of the community, Alhaji Ishaku Lamishi, also advised that there should be follow up treatment for those who would be found positive.

Lamishi said that such outreaches would help reduce the spread of HIV and advised the people to take advantage of the free health outreach.

Mr Bulus Bako, a truck driver, who came for the HIV test, said he had never been tested before and was curious to know his status.

"I have never been tested before, though I have heard so much about the virus, today I decided to come because it is free.

"I want to know my status, so that I won't spread the virus; I am also ready to accept the result," Bako said.

Bello Adamu said he had been tested, but that he felt there was the need to do it again after five months.

Adamu said the first time he had the test, it was negative and he was able to donate blood.

Bose Aba, said she had been tested for HIV more than four times and found negative but said in spite of that there was need to keep testing.

NAN

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