Funding of HIV response in Nigeria has been donor-driven.
A HIV/AIDS Prevention Specialist, Segun Oyedeji, has called for increased funding of HIV/AIDS prevention programmes by state governments in the country.
Mr. Oyedeji, who made the call on Sunday in Calabar in an interview, said that funding was necessary to sustain the interest of donor agencies.
He said that it was to close the funding gap that President Goodluck Jonathan recently launched the Presidential Comprehensive Response Plan for HIV and AIDS.
“It is basically to address this gap that has been observed that the funding of HIV response in Nigeria has been donor-driven. With the launching by the Federal Government, states, including Cross River, will take a cue.”
He said that apart from government funding, the private sector also needed to intervene, noting that government should woo the organised private sector for support.
The specialist stressed that donor partners might not continue to remain in the country, adding that this had necessitated intervention by stakeholders.
“Donor funding will thin out eventually, it won’t be there forever.”
Mr. Oyedeji who noted that the HIV virus was no respecter of class in the society, condemned the impression by some people that the virus was for the poor alone.
“Some people have remained ignorant about the existence of HIV and AIDS, while some say, it is the disease of the poor. The truth is that HIV is with us and it is no respecter of your socio-economic status. Both the rich and the poor can contract HIV, if they fail to take precaution.”
He advised the populace not to engage in unprotected sex and to avoid multiple sex partners to avoid contracting the virus.
“If you must have sex with a partner that you are not sure of, you must always use condom and avoid the use of sharp objects and other modes of transmission.”
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