Rivers blames high HIV/AIDS prevalence in the state on Rape

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The Rivers State Agency for the Control of AIDS said this on Wednesday.

The Rivers State Agency for the Control of AIDS (RSACA) said on Wednesday that rampant incidence of rape was responsible for the high rate of HIV/AIDS in the state.

The Executive Director of the Agency, Chimeizi Okeh, made the statement at a stakeholders’ meeting in Port Harcourt.

Mr. Okeh said that health facilities and law enforcement agencies had reported an increase in the number of rape cases in the state. He said that the meeting was organised to proffer solutions toward tackling the rising rate of rape in the state.

According to him, “tackling incessant rape in the state will also help us checkmate the spread of HIV/AIDS in Rivers State.”

Mr. Okeh said the agency would carry out massive sensitisation on the scourge of rape in Rivers. He said that rural dwellers in Rivers would get education on the effect of rape in the society.


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