Nigeria Plans Sex Education to Check HIV/AIDS
October 20, 2004
With an increasing HIV/AIDS prevalence rate of 5.8 percent, the Nigerian government said Tuesday it would introduce sex education in schools to help stop the disease's spread. Babatunde Oshitumehin, chair of Nigeria's National Action Committee on HIV/AIDS (NACA), said the curricula was aimed at influencing behavioral change among students who know about HIV/AIDS but still indulge in risky behaviors due to a "low perception of the risk of infection." NACA has also begun a program to educate the general public through cellphones, and has trained university graduates in a UNICEF-sponsored National Youth Service Corp program on the fundamentals of HIV/AIDS. The graduates and selected university professors will strengthen the campaign in schools and other social arenas.
Xinhua News Agency
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