Advises people on how to live healthy, disease-free lives

The AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria (APIN), on Tuesday, conducted free rapid screening for the public in Lagos.

The programme, organised in conjunction with the Positive Life Organisation of Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation, gave tens of people, both old and young, the opportunity to know their HIV status.

The rapid testing, which started last Friday at the Ikeja Local Government Secretariat, is expected to run till September 30, 2012.

The programme co-ordinator, Patrick Akpan, who stressed the importance of getting tested for HIV, said the results of the tests were issued immediately and kept confidential.

Akpan also lectured attendees on ways to stay safe and even live healthy, should they contact the virus.

“We are all qualified here, so the test is well done,” he said.

In addition, free condoms were also given out to people who wanted them.

Some of the attendees at the programme, who were mostly youths, expressed their happiness with free testing, describing it as a good move.

Some mothers even brought their children to get tested.

“It’s a welcome idea, it’s very good for us to know our HIV status,” said one of the attendees.

However, there were some residents who claimed to be “clean”, saying they were not interested in getting tested for HIV.

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