Older HIV-positive people use their influence to manipulate young girls into having sex.
This was said by Khangi Kgatle, regional program leader for loveLife in Mopani and Vhembe Districts.
loveLife volunteers travel around the two districts teaching young people how to protect themselves from older people.
Kgatle said many people, especially men, had sex with virgin girls in the belief that it would cure them of the HI-virus.
“We educate young people of between 12 and 24 years old and give them life skills. We teach them about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HIV/Aids and teenage pregnancies.
“We try to teach them to be responsible and be ready for challenges that might come their way and how to debate with people who are trying to convince them to have sex, so that they can defend themselves,” said Kgatle.
Through these programs, the youth are able to understand that they must focus on education so that they can change their poor background and can live their dream lives, instead of relying on “sugar daddies and mommies” to get what they want, Kgatle said.
The loveLife team was at Makuya Multi-Purpose Centre on 2 May, to educate the youth during the TB and Aids Awareness Campaign held in the area, which is situated about eighty kilometers out of Thohoyandou. - OurHealth/Health-e News Service
Ndivhuwo Musetha is an OurHealth Citizen Journalist reporting from Thohoyandou in the Vhembe health district in Limpopo.