Friday, January 11, 2008


Of the estimated 1.2 billion young people in the world, 85% live in developing countries. In South Africa, there are currently about 18 million people under the age of 20 years. These people account for approximately 40% of the total population.

For the majority of young South Africans, sexual activity starts in the mid to late teens. However, adolescent knowledge of reproductive function and sexuality is generally poor

Approximately 11 million episodes of STIs occur each year in South Africa, with more than half amongst adolescents and young adults. There are many reasons for these statistics. Apart from physical vulnerability, adolescents are very susceptible to peer pressure, have a tendency to engage in risk-taking behaviour, are less able to negotiate safe sex practices and have difficulties accessing health information and services.

One in ten 15 – 24 year old South Africans is HIV positive, 77% of these are amongst women.

These young people in RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITIES come to these institutions having experienced or being exposed to a number of challenging problems which perpetuate their vulnerability, including HIV and AIDS.

How colleagues what can we really do to change the behaviour of our youths especailly as they are the leaders of tommorrow.

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