THE International Red Cross Society (IRCS) has said that homosexuality and other awkward sexual behaviours, like human to animal intercourse, were significant factors hampering total victory over HIV/AIDS.
Prof Peter Katchy, Vice Chairman of the IRSC in Anambra, said this at a news conference on Wednesday ahead of the 2016 edition of the World’ AIDS Day celebration in Awka.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “It Is Now Hands Up for HIV/AIDS Prevention”.
Katchy said such sexual habits, which were prevalent in the Western World, were the originating factors of HIV/AIDS scourge which had ravaged humanity since 1981.
He called on people to refrain from indulging in sexual acts that were against the natural order.
“Homosexuality is another latent cause of AIDS because it is spiritually abhorred; this awkward sexual behaviour, popular in the western world, is attributed to have originated this scourge of the century.
“Usually during the abominable illegal and anti-social sexual intercourse, the rectum gets easily traumatised allowing virus to get into the body,” he said.
According to Katchy, HIV/AIDS occurs when blood or secretion is exchanged between an infected person and a healthy person.
The medical doctor said that the disease could also be transmitted from a mother to her unborn child through the placenta or to a child through breast milk, unrestricted sexual activities and unsterilised intravenous and intramuscular injection.
Katchy called for more access to anti-retroviral drugs for affected persons in order to help them manage the disease as it was no longer a terminal scourge.
On the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Anambra, the Red Cross chief said that the state was not endemic.
He commended wealthy individuals and the Anambra Government through its AIDS agency for their effort in mitigating the disease in the state.
“There are cases of HIV/AIDS in Anambra, but the state is among those with the least prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria; the disease is not endemic here,” Katchy said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that World’s AIDS Day is celebrated on Dec. 1 every year.