CONDOMS ARE ALWAYS IN FASHION AMONG THE YOUTHS

Who would have thought that one day teenagers would be encouraged to use condoms, especially in Africa, where talking about sex is a taboo? Well, when push comes to shove, what has to be done has to be done – even if it requires distributing condoms among high school students who are mostly teenagers.

Increasing HIV infection is among many common factors facing the Counties of Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi and Taita Taveta. Notably, the four Counties experienced a near to 60% increase in the HIV infections between 2013 and 2016, with highest percentage increase being experienced among Adolescents and young persons( 18- 24 years) and Key & Vulnerable Population including the Sex Workers and Truckers- among others.

Condoms are a critical component in a comprehensive and sustainable approach to the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and are effective for preventing unintended pregnancies. These three public health priorities require a decisive response using all available tools, with condoms playing a central role. Condoms have helped to reduce HIV transmission and curtailed the broader spread of HIV in settings where the epidemic is concentrated in specific populations.

On the flip side of the coin, though condoms are gradually being made available to youth, some still choose not to use it. They argue that it decreases their sexual pleasure. If you feel this way, know that apart from abstinence, condom once used consistently and effectively, it is the second most effective method of preventing pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. Why risk a lifetime of happiness for a moment of pleasure?

                             ………………CONDOMS ARE ALWAYS IN FASHION…………………………………

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