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Introduction Since its identification in 1981, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and the associated acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) remain a major health burden globally. Recent estimates indicate that over 35 million people are affected worldwide, with mortality counts of over 20 million . About 70% of these deaths have occurred in sub-Saharan Africa , where the burden of disease is high and poverty an important accomplice. In Nigeria, the current national average HIV sero-prevalence rate is estimated at about 4.4%, with Rivers State predictably having a higher rate of 5.4% . This is possibly so following the recent rapid urbanization of Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, due to influx of multinational concerns involved with petroleum exploitation and exploration .