70 PERCENT OF MEN WHO PATRONISE PROSTITUTES DON’T USE CONDOM
According to a research report, 70 percent of married men who reportedly engage in “penetrative sex with commercial sex workers does not use condoms,”
The Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Prof. John Idoko, made this disclosure during a presentation on PreExposureProphylaxis PrEP by the United States Mission office.
Prof. Idoko said the study showed that out of the 1,396 and 459 married male respondent who reside in urban and rural areas respectively, only 137 had used commercial sex workers in the past six months prior to study and only 63 men had used a condom at the last visit.
According to him PREP is the newest HIV prevention tool which involves the use of Truvada, an antiretroviral to prevent HIV infection.
About 62 per cent of new infections, he said, occured among persons perceived as practicing “low risk sex”, including married sexual partners.
Also speaking, the Director (Prevention, Care and Treatment) at the Health International (FHI 360), Dr. Hadiza Khamofu, said infections in low risk relationships were acquired through high risk sexual encounters
Dr Khamofou cited a recent study by Dr. Taiwo Ijawogin of the University of Ibadan on condom use with sex workers and abstinence among men Nigeria.
Speaking on ‘Discordancy trends in Nigeria’s PMTCT programme’, she stated that the ante-natal care prevalence rate of 4.1 per cent exists among the 160 million populations, adding that pregnancy presents a period of higher risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV infection.”