In terms of its prevalence; HIV is not specific to a particular religion, race or ethnical grouping. It is a well known fact that all human beings are prone to the virus and the only way out is to avoid getting infected through preventative measures against the virus. It affects people of all sexes, ages and the virus does not care about a person’s socioeconomic status.
The Youth are no exception and in fact, due to a certain curious nature that is usually associated with youth-hood puts them at a higher risk than other age groups. This is the case and some quarters in our society feel the youth are under served and an unheard group.
The Youth are rarely heard and this is a pity because what's on their mind is very important as nobody can easily guess what the youth think, observe or need. In order to fully understand and to meet their HIV prevention needs, we need to listen to their voices. The Youth have a number of concerns on the issues pertaining to HIV/AIDS and they also have a lot of myths and misconceptions.
Study findings on Youth Sex Dynamics and Behavior revealed that 10 ladies who visited chemists, only one condom was bought against nine pills on Friday evenings and Saturdays. This simply shows that they are afraid of pregnancy more than AIDS!
We need to clear up all misconceptions, deliver our prevention messages in ways which should challenge the youth and most importantly there is need to listen and address their concerns.
Wishing you all a happy new year!!!!