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Dr. Godwin Uwaoma, a medical practitioner has revealed that Aba girls (Abia State) engage in active sexual activities from the age of 10, increasing chances of contracting the HIV virus.
He made this known on Monday, October 24 in Aba, during a lecture organised by the Aba chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) to mark their week, adding that the development was proved by a research carried out in 2014.
According to Dr. Uwaoma, the Chairman of the Thematic Working Group at the Nigerian Faith Based Advisory Council for AIDS (NFACA), the study was carried out for the Department of Public Health at the Imo State University to find out much youths in the secondary schools know about HIV preventive measures.
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“We discovered that some girls in Aba start sexual activities at the age 10 to 12 and that at the age of 12, girls in Aba have “regular boyfriends” with whom they agree to have sex regularly.
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“This was not known before. Usually HIV prevention was targeted at age 15 upward but we now know that before 15 they have become sexually active.
“And there is a lot of difference between when you are forced into it and you remove yourself thereafter and when at this age you now have a regular partner.
“That was what we discovered and it is not normal but an aberration but obviously the fact is there.”
Dr. Godwin Uwaoma called for prevention rather than cure which is still presently unavailable for cases of HIV. He also advised the students to stay away from watching pornographic films, playing sexual games with opposite sex and keeping bad friends to save them from sexual temptations.