‘Use condoms children’
First lady Nompumeleloma Ntuli Zuma has called on young people to support the fight against the HIV-Aids pandemic and teenage pregnancy in the province by staying away from unprotected sexual activity.
Ma Ntuli-Zuma, as she's affectionately known, made the call during an HIV-Aids awareness campaign in Piet Retief this week, to the residents of the Gert Sibande district.
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Too many teen moms, but no talk of HIV
New coverage on the deluge of teen pregnancies fails to make the link teen pregnancy as an indicator of unprotected sex and exposure to HIV.
This week (4 July 2012) The New Age and the Daily Sun published reports lamenting that 500 schoolgirls from one region fell pregnant during the first term of the school year.
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With the commendable strides in biomedical intervention garnering the bulk of our already scant HIV media coverage, the Sunday Times’ focus on young South Africans’ behaviour this week presented a welcome change of pace.
But those looking forward to a meaningful engagement with issues around sexual behaviour would have been somewhat disappointed.
The article recounts the findings of a recent collaborative study by the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of North Carolina, which attempted to gauge the sexual risk-taking behaviours of young adults (18 to 24).
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.
The Sowetan’s borderline-pornographic coverage of police officers bonking (in their words) certainly has, as the editor predicted, got the nation talking.
But forget drawing any real attention to police negligence or failures of the system, the gratuitous material got tongues wagging about one thing more than any other - sex.
And this is not necessarily a bad thing. In the context of our HIV epidemic, it is about time we have a public and open debate about sex and particularly about risky sex.
But this is not it.
The New Age have chosen to highlight striking students’ demand for condoms among a list of other grievances that were laid before the management of Durban’s University of Technology (DUT) during protests that began last week.
This raises questions about the perceptions of government-issue condoms.
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