by Seyi Lawal
A recent study conducted by the National Agency for the Control of AIDS have revealed some rather distressing findings that show that only 30.5 per cent of married men who engage in “penetrative sex” with prostitutes use condoms.
The study which is reported in the Punch shows that out of the 1,396 and 459 married male respondents who reside in urban and rural areas respectively, only 137 used commercial sex workers in the past six months prior to the study and only 63 men used a condom during the last transaction.
According to The Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Prof. John Idoko who spoke at the presentation on PreExposureProphylaxis, PrEP is the newest HIV prevention tool which involves the use of Truvada, an antiretroviral to prevent HIV infection.
About 62 per cent of new infections, he said, occurred among persons perceived as practicing “low risk sex”, including married sexual partners. So you think you are safe in a marriage? Well, em, think again.
Not trying to scare you but with theses new figures and with the Director (Prevention, Care and Treatment) at the Health International (FHI 360), Dr. Hadiza Khamofu stating infections in low risk relationships were acquired through high risk sexual encounters, it raises more than a few concerns. She also said that the ante-natal care prevalence rate of 4.1 per cent exists among the 160 million populations, adding that pregnancy presents a period of higher risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV infection.
Idoko cited three approaches that would aid the implementation of the new antiretroviral drug, PreP, including remodeling with data analysis. He added, “We want to do a feasibility study in four states.”
Source: The Punch.