The AIDS Health Care Foundation (AHF), has stated that it would distribute 1.5 million condoms in Nigeria as part of activities to commemorate the 2017 World Condom Day.
The Country Director of AHF, Dr Adetayo Towolawi, made this known during the commemoration of 2017 World Condom Day on Monday in Abuja.
Towolawi said the distribution of the material would further help against the widespread of the deadly HIV.
According to the director, condom played an important role on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.
“In order to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS while expressing sexuality, we need you to take care of your sexual and reproductive health by using condom correctly,’’ he said.
He disclosed that in the last five years, the foundation had distributed between 1.5 million and two million condoms annually.
He noted that many people knew about condon but very few people make use of it.
Earlier, Dr Sani Aliyu, the Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), said that the agency in collaboration with partners would focus more on creating awareness that HIV/AIDS was very much with us.
“The main message is that if you are not sexually active, abstinence is the best way to stop acquiring HIV/AIDS.
“But if you are sexually active make sure you know your HIV/AIDS status and use a condom as much as possible to protect yourself.
“So, if you do not know your status, this event is an opportunity for you to have a HIV test for free,” he said.
The World Condom Day is observed on Feb. 13 annually.