2 Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that damages the immune system; it is a lifelong condition, and without treatment, a person with HIV can develop Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) AIDS a lifelong threatening condition.
3 HIV is caused by infected blood products (unclean needles or unscreened blood), having unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex with an infected person or by an infected mother to baby by pregnancy, labour, or nursing.
4 Alabi said: “We have come to realise that we cannot afford to ignore the inter-relatedness of HIV, TB and Malaria .
5 “The relation of the trio is not only worrisome, but the consequences, when not addressed can be grievous.
6 “From our records, as at Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 10,963 people in Ogun have benefited from the testing services which started on July 8.
7 “Of these, we have 4,007 males and 6, 956 female; we have a total of 91 people who tested positive.’’
8 “The provision of HIV testing services were made possible by synergy efforts with the Ogun State Agency for the Control of AIDS (OGSACA).
9 “We came around to do a NEEDS assessment and from the assessment, it was obvious that we need to reach out to all the local governments in Ogun.
10 “The business community has a vital role to play in wider struggle to reduce the burden and impact of the pandemic and reduce the spread of new HIV infections,’’ Alabi said.
11 “For us, the watchword is `prevention’, which is far less expensive and less complicated than cure,’’ she said.
13 Edited by Olagoke Olatoye
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