“I am pleading with our lawmakers at the National Assembly to come up with a law that will protect and guide People living with HIV (PLHIV) against every form of stigmatisation and discrimination.
“Currently, many children have stopped going to school because of stigmatisation and discrimination,” Obialor said.
He urged governments to also organise scholarship programmes for children facing this condition.
He said: “governments should grant scholarship to youths living with HIV and also come up with empowerment programmes for Orphans and Vulnerable children that their parents died due to HIV”.
He commended the Lagos State Government on efforts done to ensure the state Assembly passed a bill that would stop stigmatisation of HIV persons.
He decried the situation that PLHIV were being sacked from work.
He said: “the increasing stigma on people living with HIV is something very disheartening and has got to even work places.
“One thing people should know is that HIV is not a sickness that kills faster like malaria does, it is the fear that kills.
“Also, HIV cannot be transmitted through eye contact nor touching, it can be acquired through sex and sharing an infected sharp objects,” he said.
Nigeria is one of the countries with the largest number of PLHIV. (NAN)