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World AIDS DAY: Virologist urges periodic screening to know status

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Prof. EbunOluwa Adejuyigbe
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A Virologist, Prof. EbunOluwa Adejuyigbe, has advised Nigerians to conduct screenings periodically to know their HIV/AIDS status in order to control the spread of the disease.

Adejuyigbe, who is the Coordinator, Virology Research Clinic, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife, gave the advice on Wednesday in Ile-Ife at an event to celebrate of 2021 World Aids Day.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the 2021 World Aids Day, celebrated annually on Dec. 1, is “Ending the Epidemic, Equitable Access, Everyone’s Voice.”

The virologist said that to end the epidemic, everybody has to have access to free treatment and free drugs.

She encouraged people living with Aids to take their medication regularly in order to avoid spreading the virus..

Adejuyigbe also commended the Federal Government for supporting the clinic by providing enough drugs for those that have been tested positive and appealed for sustained support to the facility.

The coordinator also appealed to the public against discrimination and stigmatization of people with HIV/AIDS.

Also speaking at the occasion, Prof. Olaniyi Olayemi, the former coordinator of the clinic, stressed the need for Nigerians to regularly take the HIV/AIDS test to know their status.

“Previously, the treatment was costly, but thank God, the treatment is now free. Government is doing a lot to sustain it, so anyone that tests positive should go for the treatment.

“While those that are not positive should protect themselves from being effected and tell others to do so,” Olayemir stated.

He assured that people with HIV/AIDS would live long in as much as they take their drugs regularly.

NAN

- Dec. 1, 2021 @ 16:41 GMT |

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