Condoms Distributed For Obudu Mountain Race


The Cross River State Action Committee on HIV and AIDS (SACA) said on Sunday that the committee distributed one million condoms within the 48 hours of the 8th Obudu International Mountain Race.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the race was rounded off at the Ranch Mountain Resort, Cross River on Saturday.

Speaking with NAN at the resort, Mrs Irene Aniyom, the Director-General, said the committee also conducted HIV and AIDS tests and counselling during the event to ensure that citizens, participants, athletes, officials and visitors were properly counselled and tested.

She said that 160 persons were tested on the eve of the grand finale of the race out of which four tested positive.

“They come in willingly to our stand. We also have interpersonal relations; young people interacting, talking with people one-on-one and also encouraging them to come over for HIV and AIDS counselling and testing.

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“We cannot tell you whether the rate is increasing or decreasing but we can tell you that there is a lot of awareness and because of this, much more people are coming out willingly to be tested; it was not so before now.

“There is a relationship between HIV and sports and life because it is something that can happen to anybody. There is high level of interaction and awareness even here at the ranch and the mountain race.

“If you follow the last Olympics, billions of condoms were distributed and it is a clear strategy against the infiltration of HIV and AIDS into sports.

“And that is what we are working towards achieving in Cross River State. Sports brings people together and in 2014 we will be hosting the National Sports Festival and we are going to be sure that we try to do that,” she said.