Enugu State Action Committee on HIV/AIDS (ENSACA) weekend disclosed that no fewer than 92,000 persons were currently living with HIV virus in the state.
Private sector officer of ENSACA, Mrs. Patricia Ugwu, stated this in Nsukka during a seminar to sensitise members of the Allied Business Community on how to avoid the deadly virus.
She enjoined the participants to be faithful to their sex partners to avoid contracting HIV. “Remember HIV does not show in one’s face; about 92,000 people are already infected in Enugu State.If you cannot stick to one partner ensure that you use condom when having sexual intercourse with another person”, she advised.
The ENSACA urged those who have the virus not to panic but should join a support group where they would access HIV/AIDS drugs easily.
“If you are already positive do not kill yourself as government has procured enough drugs to designated hospitals to carter for those living with the virus.
“Through medical attention and counseling infected mothers will be able to deliver babies that are negative. Do not stigmatise anybody living with the virus as that is an offence punishable by law”.
While giving the participants safety tips, she said: “it is better to prevent HIV than managing it. Do not share any sharp object with anybody”.
Earlier in his remarks, the chairman of Nsukka Allied Business community, Mr. Augustine Okeagu thanked the ENSACA team for educating members on HIV.
He stressed that it was a clear demonstration of government’s love and concern for the allied members. “I assure government that allied members will continue to be law-abiding. We also urge other agencies of government to replicate what ENSACA has done for us”, he pleaded.
Highlight of the seminar was the free HIV test on interested members of the business community by the ENSACA team.