Thirty persons living with HIV and AIDS have entered into marriage contracts under the couple match making scheme initiated by the Jigawa Action Committee on AIDS (JISACA).
The Executive Secretary of the Agency, Bashir Ahmad, said in Dutse on Wednesday that the measure is to control the scourge in the state.
Mr. Ahmad said that the agency, in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), had so far trained 50 HIV positive women on various trades.
“The agency is encouraging marriages between the positive persons to control transmission of the disease.
“We are also providing skill acquisition training and resettlement packages to beneficiaries of the training programme.”
Mr. Ahmad further identified stigma as responsible for the spate of HIV/AIDS transmission among the rural dwellers in the state, which has risen to 2.8 per cent.
“HIV and AIDS transmission is high among rural dwellers in the state.
“The trend is caused by stigma, movement of traders from one village market to the other and migrant labourers,” he said.
The executive secretary said that poor attitude and lack of education on the scourge were also exposing the positive living persons to more difficulties.
Mr. Ahmad added that the agency has embarked on enlightenment campaigns to sensitise communities on the scourge with a view to reducing the stigma, enhance care and offer support services to HIV positive persons.
He said that more than 20 Voluntary Testing and Counselling (VTC) and seven ARV treatment centres have been established across the 27 local government areas of the state.
According to him, more than 7,000 persons have been tested HIV at the centres while 5, 700 people living with HIV and AIDS are currently receiving treatment at the ARV centres in the state.
The executive secretary urged people of the state to take advantage of the services offered by the centres to know their HIV status in order to control the scourge.
Previously, Jigawa State Governmhttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3d/Wedding_rings.jpgent procured 250,000 HIV test kits to enhance surveillance and treatment of the scourge.