For a successful campaign against HIV/AIDS, it has to go hand in hand with sex education for the message to sink in, in Nigeria at least. When I was growing up, there were little talk around about the reality of HIV/AIDS and often I was made to believe that it was something that happened to ‘sinners,’ so children of God need not worry as abstinence from sex should be the motto – well so the preachers say.
There is a lot of unnecessary secrecy about illness disclosure in our society that is not helping, HIV/AIDS patients amongst us are dying everyday and yet we do not take interest in learning the nature of their illness.
Kile (not his real name) is my cousin, I knew his father to be a police officer based somewhere in the north. In 1996 when HIV/AIDS was thought to be South Africans’ and western countries problem, the…
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