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HIV/AIDS: 'Abstinence, key to preventing scourge' - The Punch

The first runner-up in the Big Brother Africa II competition, Miss. Ofunneka Molokwu, has said that abstinence from sex till marriage is the only way to curb the spread of the disease amongst adolescents and youths.

Ofunneka, who is one of the youth ambassadors of Leaders with New Dimensions, said this at an interactive sessions with the pupils of Regan Memorial Girls Baptist Secondary College, Yaba in Lagos.

She said that the recent scourge of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria had brought to the limelight the need to deal with adolescent reproductive health issues.

According to her, recent research has shown that 60 per cent of all the reported cases of HIV/AIDS occurred amongst people from the age group of 15-24 years who constitute more than 50 per cent of the national population.

She said, ”HIV/AIDS is real amongst youths, we can all join in the fight against AIDS, if at a young age you choose to abstain from sex until marriage, that way ,you remain faithful to your partner.”

She identified the adolescent period as a time when peer influence was most effective and accepted views could automatically take root in adolescent lives being changed forever.

Ofunneka urged adults,parents and guardians to ensure that information getting to them were not only correct but age-appropriate.

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Also, the project Manager of LEND, Mr. Desmond Onyebuchi, at the session with the pupils, said to ensure youths’ participation and cooperation on the prevention of the disease, there was need to reach out to them in a youth-friendly and interactive manner that would be beneficial to their well being.

He added that it was because of this views that LEND,a non-governmental organisation would continue to organise adolescent -focused programmes to create awareness and visibility on HIV and AIDS.

Other participants at the event included Mr. Denrele Edun of Sound City, Gloria Chukuka, 2009 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, first runner-up of Mr. Nigeria pageant, Mr. Alex Ekubo, representatives of Sisi Oge 2010, members of G-Exploits,a musical group, Tarri Tepebah of Project Fame West Africa 2009 and representatives of DEVCOM and MTV Staying Alive Foundation, UK.



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