Media Watch

Tag: “teen Pregnancy”

A harmful cocktail: Alcohol and HIV

Over the past few weeks, media coverage has gravitated towards the potential follies of youth. This is unsurprising given that a new year means new beginnings for many young people still struggling to negotiate the dawn of adult independence.

However not all of this coverage has engaged with HIV where it could have.

The New Age and the Daily Sun highlighted HIV as it related to the Kwa-Zulu Natal Health MEC’s efforts at establishing a campaign to educate young women on the dangers of cross-generational sex or ‘sugar daddies’.

But Sunday’s (22 January) City Press featured a full page dedicated to the health risks of alcohol abuse among youngsters which was devoid of any mention of HIV.

Continue reading | 27 January 2012 | 0 Comments | Tags: alcohol abuse, city press, daily sun, intergenerational sex, risky sex, sugar daddies, teen pregnancy, the new age

Pre-teen pregnancy woes

HIV infection amongst pre-teens seems to be a cause for major concern with the release of the 2012- 2016 National Strategic Plan (NSP) which documented HIV prevalence amongst girls between the ages of 10 and 14 at approximately 9.1%. This is according to an article in the City Press.

According to NSP results, HIV prevalence amongst pregnant girls between the ages of 10 and 19 was also on the increase.

Continue reading | 5 December 2011 | 0 Comments | Tags: 2012-2016 national strategic plan, teen pregnancy

SA’s approach to ‘underage’ sex is two-faced

Today the Mail and Guardian’s Mia Malan gets to grips with the struggle on how to address teen pregnancy, which sees conservatives and human rights approach activists at loggerheads.

Malan explores the rift between the two parties, who advocate different means of addressing the twin troubles of soaring teen pregnancy rates and HIV infection.

The article has quotes from those who believe that sex education and life skills programmes should be strengthened in schools and that condoms should be made available.

However conservative elements located in the health and education departments fear that these measures would encourage youngsters to have sex. They are reportedly sticking to their ‘abstain’ or ‘be faithful’ guns as the best way to prevent unwanted pregnancy and HIV.

Continue reading | 23 September 2011 | 0 Comments | Tags: condoms, mail & guardian, politics, teen pregnancy

Articles on forced jabs choose sensation over information

Reports of contraceptive injections administered to girls as young as 10 at a primary school in Port Elizabeth, have raised a dull hum throughout the news media.

However reports leave questions around rape and HIV and HIV prevention in general unaddressed.

Sundry articles have also reported that girls at a Port Elizabeth primary school were given the contraceptive injections without their parents consent. The articles have also chosen to focus on the fact that the girls were told that the injections would prevent unwanted pregnancy if they were raped.

While shocking and sensational details such as these are common media fodder, they are often the sole focus, leaving other pertinent questions unaddressed. Specifically questions around whether or not messages about HIV prevention were communicated to the girls are left unconsidered.

Continue reading | 14 September 2011 | 0 Comments | Tags: city press, contraceptive injection, dora nzinga hospital, family planning, hiv prevalence, hiv prevention, msn news, news media, news24, pep, rape, safe sex messaging, teen pregnancy, the citizen, unprotected sex

HIV sets the stage for other players

Through showing that a high HIV prevalence is a back drop against which other dramas are played out, The New Age (TNA) have given us a good example of how HIV can, and should, be mainstreamed in the news media.
Continue reading | 19 August 2011 | 0 Comments | Tags: child headed households, hiv prevalence, loan sharks, mainstreaming, news media, poverty, taung, teen pregnancy, the new age

Pregnancy and HIV: Two birds two stones?

Confused head-scratching must have been what greeted an article in The New Age which featured a bizarre and uncontextualised quote from Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on HIV prevention and teen pregnancy.
Continue reading | 11 August 2011 | 0 Comments | Tags: aaron motsoaledi, condoms, contraceptives, family planning, hiv prevention, safe sex, safe sex messaging, teen pregnancy, the new age, unprotected sex