Girls in Aba, Abia State start engaging in sexual activities at the age of 10, a medical practitioner, Godwin Uwaoma has said.
According to Uwaoma who is the Chairman of the Thematic Working Group at the Nigerian Faith Based Advisory Council for AIDS (NFACA), the discovery was made during a 2014 research.
He lamented that the development could lead to higher chances of contracting HIV.
“We discovered that some girls in Aba start sexual activities at the age 10 to 12 and that at the age of 12, girls in Aba have “regular boyfriends” with whom they agree to have sex regularly.
“This was not known before. Usually HIV prevention was targeted at age 15 upward but we now know that before 15 they have become sexually active.
“And there is a lot of difference between when you are forced into it and you remove yourself thereafter and when at this age you now have a regular partner.
“That was what we discovered and it is not normal but an aberration but obviously the fact is there,” he said.
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