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Condoms among adolescents not good – NAC

LINDA NYONDO, Lusaka
NATIONAL AIDS Council (NAC) is against the distribution of condoms among adolescents, but they should instead be equipped with knowledge on the importance of behavioural change.
NAC acting director general John Mwale said recently that the distribution of condoms in schools is not a solution to curb sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among adolescents.
He said a recent study has revealed that HIV infections are high among young people as compared to adults.
Mr Mwale said adolescents acquire the highest infection every year, hence the need for stakeholders to partner and address the challenge.
“We are doing our analysis, it is wrong to promote condom distribution in schools as a way of reducing teenage pregnancies,’’ he said.
Mr Mwale however said there is need to promote behavioural change among young people through sensitisation programmes.
He commended the Ministry of General Education for rolling out comprehensive sexuality education as young people are being empowered with knowledge on sexual reproductive health.
“Teachers have been trained in comprehensive sexuality education to help educate the young people,” he said.
Mr Mwale is optimistic that with the rolling out of comprehensive sexuality education, more adolescents will be aware of the dangers of indulging in sex.
“We are confident that the knowledge which will be acquired by adolescents will empower them to make an informed decision,’’ he said.
Mr Mwale said young people from various schools and communities will be able to make informed decisions.
And speaking earlier, UNFPA country director Mary Otieno commended Government for rolling out comprehensive sexuality education.

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