Okoeguale said this was in line with protocols issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO). "There are many literatures that say that after men are infected, when the virus is not found in the blood, it tends to stay in the semen for about seven weeks to three months. "What we did according to the WHO protocol is that we made sure that when the men are discharged they are given enough condoms, if they cannot abstain for that period. "We advise them to abstain from sleeping around but where they cannot abstain, they are provided condoms and after the (abstinence) period, we double test to make sure they are free," she said.
"We are not advising people not to go to club or bar but if you have to just remember that you must keep your hands clean, avoid contact with
as many people as possible."
She urged Nigerians not to consider the disease as a death sentence and that recent cases had shown survival rates for patients were high with
early detection and treatment.