Residents of Lagos and its environ should avail themselves of the free HIV counselling and testing every six months, if they tested negative during screening, Lagos State AIDS Control Agency(LSACA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Oluseyi Temowo has said.
He stated this at this year’s Workers’Day, which coincided with the Golden Jubilee of the state in Agege Stadium.
Temowo said an HIV-positive person could be symptom-free for about 10 years and infect others, if unchecked and untreated. “Being an HIV-positive person does not translate to death with appropriate medication. That is why knowing one’s status is very important,” he explained.
He said access to HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) services would avail an individual the opportunity to take steps to stop the progression to AIDS through lifestyle modifications and change in health-seeking behaviour.
The celebration had as theme- Labour relations in an Economic recession: An appraisal.
Th agency brougt to the venue its mobile HIV counselling and testing truck, where over 257 received free HIV counselling and testing.
Temowo implored residents of the state to visit the General Hospital close to them to get free HIV counselling and testing and that its mobile trucks could be moved to reach some difficult areas of the state for that purpose, if invited.
He said all should remember that abstinence was the best option.
“Be faithful to your partner, use condom correctly and consistently. Together, we will achieve an HIV/AIDS-free generation and HIV-free Lagos State to celebrate and continue the golden jubilee of the state with the theme- Enhance the heritage advance the future .
“And together we all can achieve the eradication of the virus by 2030 through 90-90-90 initiative, which means 90 percent of the people living with HIV know their status, 90 percent of people who know their status are accessing anti-retroviral treatment and 90 percent of people on anti-retroviral have suppressed viral load,” he said.