Call For Young People To Be More Responsible When It Comes To HIV/Aids
On world aids day, there are calls for more responsibility especially among Guyana’s young people when it comes to their sexual practices. Local group Artistes In Direct Support believes that young people have been playing their part since there appears to be an increase in the number of young people making themselves available to be tested for HIV. Head of Artistes in Direct support and HIV activist Desiree Edghill today said while it appears easy to throw blame on young people when it comes to their responsibility, one needs to understand the many messages being thrown at them, all at the same time.
With more and more young people becoming sexually active from school age, Edghill believes its time to fully take HIV/Aids awareness into the school system. As it is now just a handful of schools are a part of a pilot project dealing with health education with specific emphasis on sexual behavior. Edghill said it is the responsibility of everyone to protect themselves.
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