The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in and the Kaduna State Government counselled 159, 306 youths, who took the HIV tests in Jema’a Local Government Area between 2016 and 2018.
Coordinator of Local Action Committee on AIDS in the council, Mrs Binta Yem, has made this known to newsmen in Kafanchan on Monday.
She said more than 20,776 of the youth are now aware of their HIV status.
During one of the sessions, Mohammed Bashir, 20, who tested negative, commended UNICEF and the state government for making HIV services accessible in every nook and cranny of the local government area under the AYPs programme.
He said: “I have always wanted to know my HIV status but I found it difficult to go to the hospital.
“I am so happy that the state government and UNICEF had decided to bring the service to my door step, and I got tested in just a few minutes.
“Now that I had tested negative, I will do all that I can to remain negative.”