Abuja - The Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA), Dr Tokunbo Dabiri, has urged residents to access free government's HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT) to ascertain their HIV status.
She said the free HIV Counseling and Testing was for every resident to know their status so as to enable them make informed lifestyle decisions.
Tokunbo stressed that an HIV positive person could be symptom-free for about ten years and in the process infect others if not checked and treated.
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Dabiri emphasized that being HIV positive did not translate to death, but that early detection would only allow for appropriate medication and affords individual the opportunity to take steps to prevent the disease from progressing to AIDS through lifestyle modifications and change in health seeking behaviour.
She implored the residents to visit the General Hospitals nearest to them for the free test, while also urging them to practise safe sex by using condoms correctly and consistently.
About 1 million people are estimated to be infected with HIV/AIDS in Lagos, Africa's most populous city of more than 20 million.
More than 3 percent of the country's 160 million people are infected.
- CAJ News