December 1 is World AIDS Day. Do you know your HIV status? Do you know the statistics in Nigeria and are you doing anything to help those suffering from HIV/AIDS? In Nigeria 3.1million people are currently living with the HIV/AID virus, with Benue state having the highest number of cases, percentage of 12.7% and Kebbi state the least number of cases with a percentage of 1. 0 %.
The major problem sufferers suffer from in Nigeria is stigmatization. Despite all the knowledge available, people still stigmatize those suffering from HIV?AIDS. Most people living with the virus are afraid to come out due to stigmatization from friends and families, but what we fail to realize is that HIV/AIDs can be managed properly. There are retrovirus drugs which are given to patients free of charge in Government hospitals around the nation.
[media-credit name=”NACA” align=”aligncenter” width=”400″][/media-credit]HIV/AID can be prevented but this can only be done if you understand the mode at which the virus can be transmitted. We can show our support to those living with HIV on World AIDS Day by wearing a red ribbon, the international symbol of HIV awareness and support.
World AIDS Day is a day where people unite in the fight against HIV around the world, by showing their support for people living with HIV and AIDS and also commemorating with people who have died from the disease. The World AIDS Day is an opportunity to learn the facts about HIV.
We are expected to spread the message and not the VIRUS. Get tested today and know your status.