1.9 Million Nigerians Are Living With HIV/AIDs – Expert Reveals
Mrs. Roseline Solarin, a paediatric nurse and HIV counsellor, has disclosed that no fewer than 1.9 million Nigerians are living with HIV/AIDs.
The nurse while citing UNAIDS and National Agency for the Control of AIDS statistics said the surge in HIV/AIDS was common among people within the ages of 15 and 49.
She added that Nigeria remained the highest HIV/AIDs endemic country in the world.
The Chief Nursing Officer who doubles as Chairperson of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwifery Association 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.
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 gear – condoms, in order to protect their lives, health, and future.
Mrs. Solarin, while blaming the high rate of moral decadence in the country to the advent of the internet and social media, charged parents to be alive to their parental responsibilities, especially by giving them sex education.
“We parents are the first teachers to our children. We should not shy away from our responsibility, especially when it comes to sex education. If we refuse to teach them, other people will teach them in the wrong way.”