Koforidua (Eastern region) 30 April - The Eastern Regional Co-ordinator of the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP), Dr Sampson Ofori
, has stressed the need for behavioural change among adults to help halt the rate of the HIV/AIDS prevalence in the country. He
observed that all the knowledge people needed to inform them on their sexual lives had been made known, "yet the infection rate is still soaring due to people's attitudes towards the disease, which has not changed." Dr Ofori
who was making a presentation on AIDS at a roundtable discussion organized by the Assemblies of God Church
in the Eastern Region at Koforidua expressed regret that some people still disregarded the reality of sexual transmission of the disease and urged the youth, who he
described as "highly infected" to abstain from pre-marital sex or use condom, saying "if you are unmarried you have to abstain as the Bible tells us, but if you wish to sin by fornicating then sin wisely by using a condom". He
observed that last year alone, statistics proved that there were 4.9 million new infection cases and claimed that apart from sexual transmission, the other modes of transmission were rare, "that shows that people are being adamant". Dr. Ofori
explained that, from the first day of infection through three months, testing could not prove that one had the virus, saying "blood transfusion is not all that safe as far as the HIV transmission is concerned, due to the difficulty in knowing one's status after some period of infection."