US-based foundation to establish STI clinics in Benue, Abuja

A US-based non-governmental organization, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, says it is set to establish Sexually Transmitted Infections clinics in Benue and Abuja by June 2024.

The Advocacy and Marketing Manager of the foundation, Mr Steve Aborishade, made this known in Makurdi during an event to mark the 2024 International Condom Day.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ICD is annually celebrated on February 13, strategically a day before Valentine’s Day, to emphasise the message of responsible and safe sexual behaviour.

The aim of the day is to empower individuals to make informed choices about their sexual health, foster open communication about safer sex practices and contribute to global efforts toward combating the spread of STIs.

“Some people don’t even know they have STI, therefore, it is necessary to be tested and have access to counselling, treatment and testing against the disease,” Aborishade added.

The manager, who said the WCD is strategic, as February 14, which is Valentine’s Day, is a celebration of love, said, “We know what happens among young people on Valentine’s Day.

“A lot of extra-marital activities and sexual relationships take place. We advise abstinence from sex, but necessary to also preach condom use.

Speaking also, the AHF Prevention Coordinator, Amina Iyaji-Abiche, said “Condoms are to be used consistently and properly for the right persons.”

She explained that AHF is collaborating with the Ministry of Health and other bodies to enable access to treatment of STIs in the state.

The Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs Ann Itodo, while appreciating the foundation for organising the programme, said, We would also collaborate with AHF to mark the forthcoming International Women’s Day.”


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