A study has revealed that girls in Aba, the commercial centre of the east, start having set from the of 10.
One of the researchers, the Chairman of the Thematic Working Group at the Nigerian Faith Based Advisory Council for AIDS (NFACA), Dr Godwin Uwaoma stated the study was conducted in 2014.
Dr. Uwaoma explained that the purpose of the study was to find out the awareness of preventive measures among youths in secondary schools for the Department of Public Health at the Imo State University.
He said, “We discovered that some girls in Aba start sexual activities at the age 10 to 12 and that at the age of 12, girls in Aba have “regular boyfriends” with whom they agree to have sex regularly.
“This was not known before. Usually HIV prevention was targeted at age 15 upward but we now know that before 15 they have become sexually active.
“And there is a lot of difference between when you are forced into it and you remove yourself thereafter and when at this age you now have a regular partner.
“That was what we discovered and it is not normal but an aberration but obviously the fact is there.”