Homosexuals At Higher Risk Of Contacting HIV – Agency


Homosexuals, people injecting drugs and commercial sex workers are at higher risk of contracting HIV/AIDs, says the Gombe state Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS.

Project Manager of the agency, Dr Surajo Abdulkarim, said: “Those that are into these practices are increasing daily and they are at higher risk.”

Abdulkarim called on the state government to release the N160 million budgeted for the agency to enable them train staff and purchase needed commodities for improved advocacy against the scourge.

“Releasing the fund would help us procure antiretroviral drugs and train the staff who would be attending to our clients,” he added.

“Support from the donor agencies is gradually fading, government needed to do something.

“Currently it is only 50 per cent of our clients who are receiving antiretroviral while 100 per cent are expected to have the ART.”

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John Andah is a fine-grained journalist. He has been a member of the fourth estate for a decade. He loves the smell of a good lead, and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. John was Senior Assistant Editor at Concise News.

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