Valentine’s Day 2024: NACA advocates safe celebrations, abstinence

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has encouraged the public to prioritize their safety and well-being while expressing affection during this year’s Valentine’s Day.

While reiterating NACA’s dedication to fostering a healthy and responsible observance of love, the agency’s Director General (DG), Gambo Aliyu, emphasized that as Valentine’s Day approaches, individuals should not disregard the risk of undermining the country’s efforts to eliminate HIV/AIDS by 2030 through reckless behaviour, especially considering the ongoing global health situation.

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In a statement on Sunday, February 11, by Toyin Aderibigbe, NACA’s Head of Public Relations and Protocol, Aliyu was quoted 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.”

Aliyu 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.”

According to Aderibigbe, towards the Valentine’s Day celebration, NACA will conduct comprehensive awareness campaigns to educate the public about the significance of both abstinence and safe sex practices, ensuring everyone stays well informed.

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

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