Youth attend Aids conference

2015-07-02 06:00

“FIRST things first” is what the youth should be focusing on before anything else, said MEC for Health Dr. Sibongiseni Dhlomo.

He was addressing the youth and others at the 21st International Aids conference in a packed city hall on Monday.

The event offered a platform for the youth to share and discuss matters regarding HIV and Aids.

Dhlomo said females are more at risk of being infected than males, this he said, is caused by various issues including the young and old relationships that are prevalent.

“Research indicates that females are at higher risk of being infected than males. Between the age of five to six our girls are ‘born negative’. They enter primary school level, negative. By the time they finish school they are already infected due to these ‘young and old relationships’.

“ Most people ask me why I refer a 30-year-old man as a sugar daddy. If someone aged 30 has sex with a 14-year-old girl he is definitely a sugar daddy. We appeal to young people to protect themselves from HIV and Aids.”

Dhlomo asked the young people to abstain from sex.

“When you do this we are proud of you. This might seem difficult, but this is why we are offering the two ‘Cs’ to males and females. Females must be on a contraceptive and condomise. Both these will prevent females from contracting HIV. If you are on a contraceptive and use a condom you are safe from being exposed to the risk of HIV. Males must go for circumcision and also condomise.

“This will prevent them from getting the disease. As young people this must be taken into account to prevent unwanted pregnancy and disease,” he said.

Dhlomo said health facilities play a huge role by being user-friendly.

KZN premier Senzo Mchunu addressed the youth via Skype, saying he was happy to see the youth attend the conference in their numbers

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