WATCH: Prince Harry & Rihanna Take HIV Tests To Raise Awareness On World Aids Day

Prince Harry and Rihanna have taken HIV tests together in Barbados to raise awareness on World Aids Day. They did it publicly to encourage the newly introduced home testing or self testing technique.

They said knowing one’s status is much more easier because they go their results at the spot without wasting time and thus urged people to do same and not be afraid of finding out their status and also talking about it. Watch video below:

#WorldAIDSDay: U.S. provides HIV testing, counselling to 12 million Nigerians

The United States Government has provided testing and counselling to over 12 million Nigerians over the last 12 months.

The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, who disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday at an event to mark the 2016 World AIDS Day, said this was being done through the U.S. President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief, PEPFAR.
According to the envoy, 726,200 adults and 34,695 children are receiving treatment for HIV under the programme.

He said a total of 1,367,000 adults and children have been helped to live better lives through the U.S programme.

Speaking under the 2016 theme of the commemoration: “Leadership. Sustained Commitment.

Impact”, Mr Symington emphasized the need for Nigerians to be involved in strengthening their country’s health system.

“We can spend billions of dollars literally, tens of billions of dollars around the world and billions of dollars in Nigeria, but if you don’t strengthen your own health system at home and in the office and around the country, if you don’t invest your lives and your love, who else will do it for you? No one can do it for you”, he said.

The Country Coordinator of the programme in Nigeria, Shirley Dady, also spoke about the need to encourage more Nigerians to get tested for HIV.
She likened the disease to other chronic illnesses such as hypertension and diabetes, which can be managed.

Ms. Dady told PREMIUM TIMES she was hopeful that the HIV self-testing kits, which is a new technology, will be available in Nigeria “at some point”.

She, however, said many general hospitals and primary health care centres in the country were offering HIV tests and urged Nigerians to take advantage of them.

World AIDS Day: SUBEB Chairman Calls For Establishment Of HIV/AIDS Clubs In Schools

Prof. Mathew Sule, the Executive Chairman, Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board, on Tuesday, called for the establishment of health clubs in public schools to enlighten children on prevention of HIV/AIDS.


Sule made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos.


He said such clubs would be good platforms to enlighten pupils and students on the ultimate target of eradicating the pandemic in the society.


He added that “the best time to inculcate knowledge in children is when they are minors; that is the time such awareness could be firmly rooted in their subconscious.’’


The SUBEB boss explained that the health clubs, which were already part of school curriculum activities in Plateau, should serve as platforms for enlightenment on AIDS and the dangers it posed to the society.


He exressed regret that many children had been made orphans by the scourge, pointing out that such persons were worst hit because they would find it difficult to acquire education and other neccesities of life.


He said abstinence remained the most reliable method for unmarried people, while the married should be faithful to their partners.


The chairman advised teachers to be morally upright to serve as role models to pupils.


He advised hospitals and clinics to ensure that blood was thoroughly screened before any transmission.


He noted that the World AIDS Day, celebrated annually on Dec. 1, was aimed at reminding the society on the need to be more cautious morally.


It was also aimed at enlightening the society on the prevention, treatment and the campaign against stigmatisation of people living with the virus.


The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is “Getting to Zero: Zero new infections; Zero discrimination; Zero AIDS-related deaths.’’