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Nilesh Suriyarachchi

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Youth and HIV/AIDS
Feb 7, 2010

One of my main concerns of recent times is the rapid increase in the number of young people affected by HIV/AIDS. I have realized that even though the knowledge regarding transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS is adequate in the general youth population when it comes to practice and attitudes it is a concern. Even though most people know the risks involved you will always find that the mindset of today's youth can be said to be uncaring and indifferent. Most kids around 17 - 21 years in age find it difficult to abstain from sexual relationships due to peer pressure, curiosity and risk taking behaviour. Therefore I think that in addition to educating young people about HIV/AIDS there should be a system of combining this with life skills education too. This means that AIDS awareness programs should also concentrate on looking into and changing the general mindset of young people.

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Re: Youth and HIV/AIDS
Apr 16, 2012

I think HIV awareness programs is an awesome idea! But the fact that our youth cannot obtain the resources to practice and promote safe sex, is a big issue. High schools already have health programs for their students...how hard would it be to take it one step further and actually promote health and std/hiv prevention through condom availability programs??? With over half of the adolescents engaging in sexual activity, it's time me promote SAFE SEX rather than ABSTINENCE. Yes, abstinence is the only true "safe sex", but lets be realistic, pre marital sex happens all the time. And with school-based condom distribution programs it gives students, who do decide to engage in sexual activities, a chance to be safe. The effectiveness of condoms is so high that an increase in condom usage would only result in a decrease in the rate of HIV infection and sexually transmitted diseases. What do you think??? Do you think HIV and std awareness is enough, or do you agree we should have these resources readily available?


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Re: Youth and HIV/AIDS
May 17, 2012

i think youuth out there especially in my community and other rural areas need extra attention when it comes to HIV. they still believe in myths, their idiotic partners who convince them that HIV is just a scare tactic for them not to be engaged in sexual activities.
they less more about AIDS than their own bodies. its scary and unexplainably shocking how for granted they take this issue, we all are gonna die: yes,but that is no excuse to waste your life!


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Re: Youth and HIV/AIDS
Dec 4, 2012

Its a genuine issue of the recent time that the people in young age are getting infected by the HIV Virus.As the people in young age are more eager to sex and they may transfer this virus from there one partner to the next.It needs to be addressed a lot.WHO should launch an awareness campaign all over the world to tackle with this issue.


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Re: Youth and HIV/AIDS
Dec 18, 2012

Most youths dont have a stable household, or stable parents to teach them about sex or talk to them about it. HIV/AIDS is a big part that has effected the younger generation. Most school dont even have a sex education class to pass out protection or even talk about how it only takes one time to catch HIV/AIDS or even an STD. Some young girls dont have a mother to let them know the right thing and some young men dont have a father figure to teach them to protect themselves.


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aisha

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Re: Youth and HIV/AIDS
Jan 5, 2014

I think that kids have the knowledge and that they're just missing the actions. It's just a matter of making it seem a lot more appealing to them, i agree with the fact that they know but choose not to act accordingly. It isn't only that, it is also what the media shows them and what they are told to believe, the media makes sex and nudity so ordinary that the kids take that and use it in their everyday lives. The parents also play a part in this; they allow their child to be exposed to such things, it may not be easy to hide because it is everywhere but they should regulate what their child is watching as well as educate your child on why such acts aren’t appropriate and if they must do so- be safe. The area/neighbourhood a child lives in plays a huge part; if the neighbourhood is corrupt the child will learn from that, if the neighbourhood is good the child will learn from that.


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Re: Youth and HIV/AIDS
Jan 7, 2014

In my opinion, I think that the media plays a big role in the increase of young people engaging in sexual relationships. Like a lot of people, they like to copy what they see on television. For example, there might be a television show where some if not all the characters engage in promiscuous things such as relationships based on and around sex. What they neglect to do is showcase the risks of having relationships that evolve around promiscuity.


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Re: Youth and HIV/AIDS
Jan 9, 2014

It cannot be easier to change the mindset of youth over nightly rather strong steps in cooperation with parents is important to feed the saying in their mind. Else, the other part of the population is suffering badly due to negligence made by the youths.


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Emily

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Re: Youth and HIV/AIDS
Nov 24, 2014

Children and youth in Jamaica are greatly at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS because of the sexual culture and unsafe practices that are common in this country. (UNICEF Jamaica, n.d.a). Education and lack of access to appropriate protection may be insufficient, as 43% of respondents were unprotected the last time they were sexually active (UNICEF Jamaica, n.d.a). Jamaica currently has a National Strategic Plan regarding the prevention of these diseases and has increased funding to assist those needing treatment for HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS, 2013).

References
UNAIDS. (2013, October 7). Jamaica takes measures to ensure the sustainability of its response to HIV. In Resources. Retrieved November 24, 2014 from http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/featurestories/2013/october/20131007jamaica

UNICEF Jamaica. (n.d.a). Adolescent health and empowerment. In HIV/AIDS. Retrieved November 24, 2014, from http://www.unicef.org/jamaica/hiv_aids.html

UNICEF Jamaica. (n.d.b). HIV/Aids in young people in jamaica. In HIV/AIDS. Retrieved November 24, 2014, from http://www.unicef.org/jamaica/hiv_aids_1989.htm

Este aporte fue editado en: 2014-11-24 at 04:45 PM by: Emily Dixon


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Re: Youth and HIV/AIDS
Nov 24, 2014

Youth are incredible vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. According to the World Health Organization, 15-24 year olds account for 50% of new cases and approximately five to six thousand youth becoming affected each day, predominantly in developing countries (WHO, 2006). Prevention in youth is key. There needs to be identification of risk factors that increase young people’s vulnerability to the virus. These factors include lack of knowledge about HIV/AIDS, lack of education and life skills, poor access to health care services, early sexual encounters, early marriage, and sexual coercion and violence (WHO, 2006). Young people are a population that are much more likely to adopt and maintain safe behaviors, so it is crucial to implement interventions early (WHO, 2006).

WHO, 2006. Preventing HIV/AIDS in young people. Retrieved November 24, 2014, from, http://whqlibdoc.who.int/trs/WHO_TRS_938_eng.pdf?ua=1


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Re: Youth and HIV/AIDS
Nov 25, 2014

In Swaziland, there is a gap between female and male youth whom are infected with the HIV/AIDS. Girls, 10-14 are infected at almost twice the rate as their counterparts (Unicef, 2014). Girls are vulnerable to infection, for several reasons such as, lack of education where they are denied sexual health knowledge, taking away their autonomy leaving them susceptible to sexual violence ultimately increasing their risk of infection (Unicef, 2014). Cultural values and gender norms increase their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS due to gender inequality (Unicef, 2014). For example men/boys are encouraged to have multiple sex partners, and older men already infected seek intercourse with younger girls.

References

Unicef, (2014). Gender and HIV/AIDS: Prevention among young people. Retrieved from http://www.unicef.org/esaro/7310_Gender_HIV_prevention_among_youth.html

Este aporte fue editado en: 2014-11-25 at 07:57 AM by: Mandy B


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