TVC E. Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River has said that the only way to end the HIV scourge in Nigeria, is for young people to abstain from pre-marital sex and for married couples to remain faithful to their spouses.

Ayade stated this on Thursday, during the commemoration of the 2016 World AIDS Day in Calabar. He said: “The absolute factor that can put an end to HIV/AIDS spread is total loyalty and abstinence.

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“Married couples must be faithful to their partners. Young people must remain virgins until they get married and never allow any barber to use unsterilised clipper to cut your hair.

“Whatever the story, AIDS is real, it is a scourge, you must avoid it.”

Ayade also said young people have to be taught that sex before marriage was a taboo and claimed that the condom campaign was creating a false feeling of protection. “Rather, it increases the level of promiscuity among the younger generation and encouraged unfaithfulness,” he added.