Cross River Governor Ben Ayade has said that sex before marriage is a taboo, adding that the only way to prevent HIV/AIDS was for young people to remain virgins until they get married.
Mr. Ayade said this on Thursday in Calabar at the commemoration of the 2016 World AIDS Day celebration.
He said: “The absolute factor that can put an end to HIV/AIDS spread is total loyalty and abstinence.
“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.’’
He added that the time has come to teach young people the true African culture where sex before marriage is a taboo.
The governor described the usage of condom `campaign’ as creating a false feeling of protection because it has not helped in stopping the scourge.
“Rather, it increases the level of promiscuity among the younger generation and encouraged unfaithfulness’’.