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Prostitution increases Aids incidence in Anambra

16 July 2013, 09:06

Abuja - A survey by Nigeria's Anambra State has identified hundreds of hotspots where citizens at the highest risk of contracting HIV/Aids.

Among these are 618 spots where prostitution is practised.

Director of the state’s AIDS Control Agency, John Ndibe, said following the discovery, the state will set aside funds to carry out education campaigns at the areas in question.

“The State Government would use its limited funds to target such spots and ensure that people operating in these places are educated on the need to protect themselves and their clients from the scourge," he said in Abuja.

Ndibe said that the agency was working with NGOs, community based organisations, secondary and tertiary institutions as well as churches and women's groups to deliver the anti-HIV/AIDS message.

“We will use the hard funds to target them in those high-risk places so that even if they continue with their trades, they will be doing in such a way that they do not transmit infection," he added.

Anambra is one if states hardest hit by HIV/Aids, .

An estimated 8 percent of the population of more than 2 million is said to be living with the disease.

- CAJ News



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