The Ghana AIDS Fee has found “new behaviours” amongst younger individuals which the fee says are the reason for the excessive rise of HIV infections.
Figures from the fee present that 12,000 individuals died from HIV associated causes in 2020 whereas 5,000 younger individuals contracted the virus. The information revealed that extra girls had been contaminated than males.
Director-Normal of the Fee, Steve Gyeremeh Atuahene, says the rising life of younger individuals are accountable for the phenomenon.
“Younger individuals have adopted new behaviours aside from the Sugar Daddy- Sugar Mummy syndrome, we even have what we name pals with profit the place they’ll have girlfriends, boyfriends and the concept is that if you happen to sleep with me you’ll have to offer me cash”, he defined.
Relating to the dominance of ladies within the contaminated numbers, he stated transactional intercourse is likely one of the causes.
“Majority of younger girls are into transactional intercourse; that’s the place they assume that each time they’ve intercourse with somebody they need to get one thing again, it may be cash, it may be a present, it may be another factor in change for intercourse”, he defined in an interview with TV3.
He added that “they don’t see themselves as prostitutes however it’s a observe that exposes them to HIV transmission”.
Mr Atuahene nevertheless added that prostitution can be a serious reason for the growing HIV infections amongst girls.
“The opposite factor is that an increasing number of girls are exchanging intercourse for cash on the streets, what we name intercourse work and that’s additionally fairly worrying”, he famous.
The AIDS Fee boss believes that if they’re a change in these behaviours “we are able to make a headway in direction of reaching epidemic management and ending Aids”
By P.D Wedam|3news.com|Ghana