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HIV Prevalence Rises for 25- to 29-Year-Olds in Nigeria

September 17, 2013

Onyebuchi Chukwu, Nigeria's minister of health, and Professor Oladapo Ladipo, president and CEO of the Association for Reproductive and Family Health, recommended incorporating female condom use into family planning programs to prevent unwanted pregnancies and to protect women and children from increasing incidence of HIV and STDs. Chukwu reported that recent studies indicated rising HIV incidence among Nigerians ages 25 to 29. Ladipo stated that dual protection measures such as female condoms were especially important because maternal morbidity and mortality were much higher in developing countries such as Nigeria. He attributed the disparity to limited access to quality reproductive health services and lack of reproductive health knowledge among women.

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