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4,343 Kaduna youths get screened by UNICEF

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A total of 4,343 youths in Jema’s local government area of Kaduna has been screened for HIV/AIDS by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in support with the State Government from August to date.

The United Nations body likewise provided 21,015 youths in the area with HIV counselling and testing services within the months under review.

Speaking on Wednesday about the development, the Coordinator, Local Action Committee on Aids in Jema Mrs Binta Yem, made a disclosure about the development in Kafanchan at a skills acquisition training organised for young girls.

Yem made a disclosure that 4,343 of the 21,015 youths were screened, with the screening result showing that 24 tested positive and were placed on treatment.

According to her, the youths were reached via the Adolescent and Young Persons (AYPs) a UNICEF supported programme designed to scale-up HIV combination of prevention, treatment and care services for AYPs in the state.

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Yem also stated that the training was put together solely to reach out to young girls who are lagging behind their male counterparts in HIV testing.

Yem noted that.

“Most of the AYPs that were counselled and tested were boys with only a few girls among them.

“The reason is that the boys are easily accessible on football fields and other social gatherings, while the girls are usually at home.

The training programme which was part of activities organised to commemorate the 2017 World AIDS Day received commendation from the adolescent girls.

One of them noted.

“I have never been tested before because it is usually done by elderly persons, but seeing that the counsellors and testers are adolescents like me, I did not hesitate to offer myself to be tested.

“I really commend UNICEF and the Kaduna State Government for this laudable initiative,” she said.

However, one of the HIV/AIDS service demand creators in the LGA, Abba Gideon, said that only a few adolescent girls offered themselves for testing.

According to Gideon, the challenge was more prevalent among the Muslim communities they visited, noting that they always declined to be tested even after educating them about HIV and AIDS.

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