He said that World AIDS Day (WAD), which is celebrated on December 1, seeks to annually refocus the world on the AIDS pandemic and the people living with or affected by it.
He said the day was also to remind people of the importance of access to HIV testing, prevention and treatment, as well as bold action against inequalities.
“We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the entire world; however, the foundation is drawing the public’s attention not to forget the HIV that has been with us for the past 40 years.
“We must end economic, social, cultural and legal inequalities if we want to end AIDS.
“We also need sustainable fictions to achieve academic control of HIV and AIDS, we are sure that if we all join our efforts globally we can end it,” he emphasized.
Ijezie also appreciated the efforts of the government, partners and sponsors that have made it possible for many people to receive treatment around the world and those who receive life-saving medications.
Steve Aborisade, AHF Nigeria Promotion and Marketing Manager, said that in commemoration of WAD 2021, the foundation will distribute one million condoms in seven states where AHF is operating in Nigeria.
According to him, the event was aimed at young people who are most susceptible to contracting the virus and rarely protect themselves.
“It is important that we focus on young people, which is one of the gaps that we have noticed in the Nigerian intervention.
“We advise everyone to get tested, but more importantly, young people, they need to stop engaging in risky behavior, take charge of their lives and protect themselves.
Aborisade, however, called on leaders and stakeholders to pay attention to HIV and AIDS and do everything possible to defeat the pandemic.
Lovet Awodi, deputy and youth coordinator of AHF Girls’ Law chapter in Abuja, revealed that she had been tested and encouraged young people to get tested and find out about their status.
“If you are HIV positive, you use drugs, but if you are negative, you can protect yourself or by abstinence,” he said.
Highlights of the event included raising awareness of the virus, which was a headlining music and dance performance, HIV testing and condom distribution.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that AHF is the world’s largest AIDS organization currently providing care and medical services to more than 1.6 million people in 45 countries around the world, including Nigeria.
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