The National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA says 122 indigent People Living with HIV, PLHIV and exposed indigent persons in Oyo State benefited from its just-concluded skills-acquisition programme.

The agency’s Director-General, Gambo Aliyu, stated this in Ibadan, at the graduation ceremony and presentation of certificate to the beneficiaries of the 10-day empowerment and skills acquisition programme.

Aliyu said the exercise was organised to reduce new HIV infections, in line with the UNAIDS strategy to get the HIV epidemic under control by 2030. He added that good means of livelihood for PLHIV translates to effective treatment, which helps to suppress the viral load of the virus.

Earlier in her presentation, the Lead, Gender Human Right and Care Services of NACA, Yinka Falola-Anoemuah, said poverty, gender inequality and disabilities were vulnerabilities which pre-disposed people to HIV infection.

In her remarks, the wife of the Oyo State Governor, Tamunominini Makinde, lauded the efforts of NACA, describing it as a needed intervention.