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18.11.2008 Health

Sensitization on STI/HIV infection held at Obuasi

By Albert Nana Asante, Obuasi - Ghanaian Chronicle

A DAY's sensitization on some of the risky behaviours that lead to the spread of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), has been held for over 100 Junior High School students and teachers in Obuasi.

The programme, which was a Catholic Diocesan HIV project, with support from the Ghana Aids Commission and COMCASUP, was under the theme “STI/HIV infections, we are all at risk; know your status.”

It was aimed at involving the students to serve as peer educators in the spread of the pandemic in the municipality.

The Coordinator of the project, Mr. Thomas Frimpong, outlined unprotected sex, blood transfusion, and sharing of razor blades, as some of the behaviours that were potential in bringing about the disease.

He explained that the way people continued to discriminate and stigmatize against People Living with HIV was worrying, since the practice was heightening the spread of the pandemic.

He spoke against the culture of unwillingness for voluntary counseling and testing, but said such practices, when cultivated, would enable the individual to know his HIV status and guard against infections.