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Monday, August 24, 2020

1.9million Nigerians Living With HIV/AIDs - Paediatric Nurse



From Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

A Paediatric Nurse and HIV Counselor, Mrs Roseline  Solarin, has disclosed that a frightening figure of 1.9million Nigerians were living with HIV/AIDs).

Citing UNAIDS and National Agency for the Control of AIDS figure, Mrs Solarin said the surge in HIV/AIDS was common among people within the ages of 15 and 49, adding that Nigeria remained the highest HIV/AIDS endemic country in the world.

She urged the youths to abstain from sex until they were married, and where they could not help it, they should put safety first and wear protective gears - condom, in order to protect their lives, health and future.

The Chief Nursing Officer who also doubles as Chairperson of the National Association of Nigeria  Nurses and Midwifery of Nigeria (NANNM), Ogun State chapter, spoke in Sagamu at the launch and public presentation of a book titled 'Sex Education Made Easy,' a manual to help parents teach sex education with confidence.

The book was written by a young Medical Doctor, Opeyemi Adeyemi, who through her new book, urged Nigerian parents to leave behind, their unhelpful century - old thinking and adapt a new mentality as called forth by the present times.

Mrs Solarin identified stigmatization and homosexual practice as factors that have forced many people living HIV/AIDS to go underground and thus,  making it difficult for them to seek treatment, yet kept spreading the dreadful disease among the unsuspecting and adventurous youth population.

She lauded the author for writing the book, saying it would equip parents with the skill to teach their wards sexual education the beneficial way.

The author, Dr. Opeyemi Adeyemi, lamented that men rarely come forward for sex education, and called for a change of attitude.
She said her book provides the right sex education that would help people guard against unsafe sexual relationship, reduce number of sexual partners, reduce unplanned pregnancy and guard against STDs, rape among others.

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