Valantine’s Day: Prioritize safety, well-being while expressing affection, NACA warns

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As Nigerians prepare to join the rest of the world to celebrate  the 2024 Valentine’s Day, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), has warned the general public to prioritize their safety and well-being while expressing affection.

In a statement signed by the Agency’s Head, Public Relations and Protocol, Toyin Aderibigbe, NACA reaffirmed its commitment to promoting a healthy and responsible celebration of love. 

The statement quoted the  Director General of NACA, Dr. Gambo Aliyu, as saying: “As people celebrate love on Valentine’s day, we want everyone to enjoy it while prioritizing their well-being. 

“NACA encourages individuals to adopt a comprehensive approach to love, which includes open communication, mutual respect, and responsible choices.”

Dr. Aliyu  further urged the general public to incorporate protection into intimate moments, undergo regular HIV testing and engage in conversations about sexual health with their partners. 

According to him, these measures contribute not only to personal health but also to the broader goal of building safer and healthier communities.

“Love is a powerful force, and by embracing responsible practices, we can ensure that it enriches our lives without compromising our health.

“NACA is dedicated to providing resources, information, and support to empower individuals in making informed choices,” he said. 

The statement disclosed that this year’s Valentine’s Day, NACA will conduct comprehensive awareness campaigns to educate the public about the significance of both abstinence and safe sex practices in order to  ensure that everyone is well-informed.

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“The agency aims to create an environment where love is celebrated responsibly, fostering a community that is both supportive and health-conscious,” the statement reiterated.

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