The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has advised the public to prioritise their safety and well-being while celebrating the 2024 Valentine’s Day.
“NACA wishes to use this medium to reaffirm its commitment to promoting a healthy and responsible celebration of love ahead of the Valentine’s Day celebration.
“In light of the ongoing global health situation, NACA encourages the public to therefore prioritise their safety and well-being while expressing affection on that day.
“As people celebrate love on Valentine’s Day, we want everyone to enjoy it while prioritising their well-being. NACA encourages individuals to adopt a comprehensive approach to love, which includes open communication, mutual respect and responsible choices,” said the statement.
NACA urged the public to incorporate protection into intimate moments, undergo regular HIV testing and engage in conversations about sexual health with their partners.
It said these measures contribute to personal health and the broader goal of building safer and healthier communities.
“Love is a powerful force, and by embracing responsible practices, we can ensure that it enriches our lives without compromising our health. NACA is dedicated to providing resources, information, and support to empower individuals in making informed choices,” added NACA.
The agency also said it would conduct awareness campaigns to educate the public about the significance of both abstinence and safe sex practices, ensuring everyone stays well informed.
“The agency aims to create an environment where love is celebrated responsibly, fostering a community that is both supportive and health-conscious,” NACA stressed.
Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated on February 14.