By Gabriel Olawale
It is no longer news that HIV Counselling and Testing exercise has helped millions of people to know their status and also help prevent the spread of HIV across Africa.
In order to intensify the effort in Lagos State, HACEY Health in partnership with Access Bank held a similar exercise on the 14th of December, 2019 at the NYSC orientation camp in Lagos State.
The program which kicked off with a rally within the camp had in attendance no fewer than 2000 beneficiaries aimed at creating awareness to Corp members on HIV/AIDS and also to inform them about the free counselling and testing which was scheduled to hold on the camp ground afterwards.
Following the rally was the screening which was supervised by 15 experienced counselor testers.
While giving an overview of the project execution, the Executive Director, HACEY Health Initiative, Ms Rhoda Robinson explained that their is need for youths to get proper information and exposure on issues that concerns HIV/AIDS.
Ms Robinson went further to note that consistent campaign should be encouraged among them with proper sensitization in order to reduce HIV Scourge to the minimal level in communities, Nigeria and Africa at large.
It is apt to note that during the pre-test counselling, clients were asked sensitive questions and basic questions on HIV/AIDS to test their knowledge. Appropriate information to fit the audience about HIV/AIDS were given and misconceptions were corrected after which they took the test and got their results immediately.
Participants were given comprehensive information on HIV preventive measures with emphasis on abstinence as it is the best way of preventing sexually transmitted infections.
Corp members were sensitized on the appropriate method of condom use, after which condoms were distributed to those who were interested in getting it.
At the end of the program, 987 Corp members were tested for HIV, not less than 3000 condoms were distributed and 5100 IEC materials were distributed to the participants.
HACEY also supported a 5-day Training on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Right (SRHR) for the Corp members during which some members of NYSC staff received free counselling and testing.
The Counsellor testers counseled Corp members willing to take the test.