HIV infection is on the rise amongst young people. Being that it’s no longer a threat to humanity as scientifically, it has been proven that a positive individual taking ARVs correctly at some point, the virus is suppressed hence, their chances of transmitting the virus is at a minimal by reducing the viral load in body fluids though still a theory yet to be proven. That it’s according to the research conducted in Canada.
Behind the fiery claws of HIV, there are some monsters that slipped off the mind of all young people. Ideally for two young people to have sex, their major worry will be pregnancy hence they won’t bother in knowing their partners status.
How sad can this be especially that behind HIV there are numerous sexually transmitted diseases (STDs and STIs)? These are easily gotten especially with those who have multiple partners and the random sex that occur day in day out in the University.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) more than 1 million sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are acquired every day worldwide with an estimation of 357 million new infections with 1 of 4 STIs : chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and trichomoniasis and 417 million people had infection with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) by 2012.
Those ain’t the only tragic aliens one can contract during the sexual blindness because some time back, research proved that Hepatitis B and C is also transmissible through sex. For it is caused by bacteria, viruses or parasites through unprotected sex by an individual who might be having the disease already in their system. It’s possible to get the virus through (vaginal, anal or even oral sex) not forgetting it’s also contactable through the skin to skin contact.
Back then there were numerous campaigns; Jijue, Nimechill that were strategic targeting behaviour change towards HIV and it helped a lot, as many people took the initiative of getting to know their status protecting even their partners. Now there exist new drugs that can help prevent one from getting infected by the virus but doesn’t necessarily protect from other sexually transmitted diseases.
The condom has become a thing of the past to most young people; “Hawezi kula sweet with its wrapping” that the sweetness is only “sweet” when it’s unwrapped. Therefore it’s ideal that awareness and factual information regarding the STIs and STDs get as many young people as possible. WHY?
Most of them, even when faced with such challenges like genital herpes or pubic lice, are scared or rather embarrassed by their condition and the virus ends up eating their entire private parts to dust.
Young people should be able to embrace and appreciate the aspect of safe sex at all cost. If possible always carry an emergency condom to the clubs and all the pool sex parties because it’s never clear who you’ll get all grouse with. Ensure to test with your partner to be on a safe side. Sex is only fulfilling and sweet when both parties are safe and protected.