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Youth advised to protect against HIV

Young people have been advised to know their HIV/AIDS status to avoid contraction of the disease.

The Director-General of Juba Teaching Hospital, Isaac Cleto said on Valentine’s Day, warning youth to be careful and protect their selves from being exposed to HIV/AIDS especially during celebrations.

He said young people aged between 10 and 24 especially women continue to be disproportionately infected by HIV.

“My advice is that even if you want to drink, but drink responsibly and the other thing is that be careful of dangerous things that one can avoid like unprotected sex because of the sexually transmitted disease such as HIV/AIDS and even Hepatitis B and these are all contracted through unprotected sex,” Dr Isaac warned.

In 2016, 2.1 million people aged between 10 and 19 years were living with HIV and 260,000 became newly infected with the virus in the country.

Dr. Cleto noted that it was important to reduce this worrying trend of HIV among South Sudanese youth by encouraging faithful relationships for those who cannot abstain from sex.

“If you cannot abstain, use condom persistently to avoid infections that maybe a burden on you.  It will disturb you as a youth for you to be productive in this country,” he added.

He added that the HIV situation is now improving simply because of health education introduced by the ministry of education.

“HIV is one of the subjects in schools, which is something that most parents don’t talk to their children and they shy away,” he said.

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