Organisation distributes HIV self-testing kits to 4000 tertiary students in Kaduna

By Stella Kabruk

A Kaduna based non governmental organisation Eagles Lead Development Initiative has said it distributed HIV self testing kits to over 4000 to students of Kaduna Polytecnic.

Mr Peter Ezekiel, the Executive Director of the NGO disclosed during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Kaduna.

Ezekiel said students , especially the tertiary education are part of the key vulnerable population because of their sexual activeness as being majorly the youth Community.

He added that a better fight against HIV is only possible when people know their status and adhere to their therapies or avoid risky sexual behaviours.

He also stated that the school environment has complete combination of youth with different orientation which the Key Population (KP) form part.

“People find it difficult to approach health facilities to take the test. But leverage on the Self-testing technology which aid nondisclosure of status, will make people feel very safe and try to take the test in a more convenient environment.

“Our team ensure that the students were first sensitized about the UequalsU (U=U) before distributing the new technology to make them feel safe about the outcome of their test before they were thought how to use the kits and how to interpret the results by themselves, he said.

“We are committed to the fight against HIV in Kaduna State in every capacities possible because we know that many are infected and we all are affected because of our susceptibility being members of this society.

“We will ensure that 95 95 95 goal is achieved.

He added that more intervention is planned to help all those infected to achieve suppressed viral load so that new infection will be mitigated to it’s barest minimum.

We are together as humans and we keep on leading the change that will leave no one behind and on the line of health, HIV is a strong priority.

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