NACA Warns Against Unprotected Sex On Valentine’s Day

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) is cautioning Nigerians against unprotected sex ahead of Valentine’s Day and reiterating its dedication to encouraging a responsible and healthful celebration of love.

The Director General of NACA, Gambo Aliyu, advised in a statement issued by the agency’s Head of Public Relations and Protocol, Toyin Aderibigbe, in Abuja on Sunday.

Mr Aliyu urged the general public to incorporate protection into intimate moments, undergo regular HIV testing, and engage in conversations about sexual health with their partners.

Director General, NACA, Gambo Aliyu

He said these measures contribute not only to personal health but also to the broader goal of building safer and healthier communities.

Mr Aliyu encouraged the public to prioritise their safety and well-being while expressing affection on Valentine’s Day “in light of the ongoing global health situation.”

The statement read in part: “As people celebrate love on Valentine’s Day, we want everyone to enjoy it while prioritising their well-being.

“NACA encourages individuals to adopt a comprehensive approach to love, which includes open communication, mutual respect, and responsible choices.”

“Love is a powerful force, and by embracing responsible practices, we can ensure that it enriches our lives without compromising our health. NACA is dedicated to providing resources, information, and support to empower individuals in making informed choices.”

Mr Aliyu added that on Valentine’s Day, NACA will conduct comprehensive awareness campaigns to educate the public about the significance of both abstinence and safe sex practices, ensuring everyone stays well informed.

“The agency aims to create an environment where love is celebrated responsibly, fostering a community that is both supportive and health-conscious,” he noted.

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