Stakeholders call on Bayelsans to check their HIV status

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By Eunice Nnachi, Yenagoa

As part of activities to mark, the 2023 World AIDS Day, the Eunice Nnachi Women Advocacy Foundation, ENWAF has joined other stakeholders in Bayelsa State to raise awareness on HIV and the need for people to know their status.

Chief Executive Officer, CEO of ENWAF, Lady Eunice Nnachi made the call while speaking to residents and business people at the Ekeki park, Yenagoa saying it is important for everyone to know their status to prevent the spread of the disease in the state.

Lady Nnachi said, “HIV is not a death sentence, when you know your HIV status early enough, it leads to early treatment which can prevent the transmission of the disease and reduce new HIV infections”

She urged all Bayelsans to regularly check their HIV status adding that the test is free and is usually carried out in all health facilities in the state.

Also speaking, Chairman elect of the Bayelsa Non Governmental Organizations, BANGOF, Mr Taretein Mboko noted that people living with HIV can live a normal useful life when they adhere to Antiretroviral treatment.

” HIV is like any other ailment, there are other more deadly diseases. Although we do not have a cure yet but HIV can be managed to a point where it can no longer be transmitted to another person”

He called on people to stop the discrimination and stigmatization of people living with HIV stressing that they need care, love and support from their families and friends.

World AIDS Day is commemorated every year on the 1st of December to educate and inform persons on the HIV infection and to serve as a reminder of the struggle globally to end HIV, discrimination and stigmatization of people living with HIV.