Kalabo youths shun condoms


The high HIV/AIDS prevalence rate among youths in Kalabo district has been attributed    to majority of the young people reportedly shunning the use of condoms as a contraceptive.         According to the Advisor to the Kalabo District Aids Co-ordinator  Precious Nabita, the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate among the youths in the area stood at 13 percent during the last quarter of 2013.         And the youths have vowed never to use condoms as a contraceptive or  protective measure as they claim live sex was more enjoyable.    Miss Nabita disclosed in an interview with ZANIS in Kalabo this morning that  the 13 percent prevalence rate among the youths has worried the District AIDS  Task Force.    She said youths would rather contract HIV/AIDS or any other sexually  transmitted infections than using condoms as a preventive measure.    Miss Nabita said Kalabo had a high number of teenage prostitutes and  that the Task Force anticipated a higher HIV prevalent rate in 2014 if poverty levels were  not averted in the district.    “Youths here don’t believe in condom use they would rather be injected  and not use condoms to prevent themselves from sexually transmitted  infection, teenage prostitution is high because of escalating poverty  levels if nothing is done we anticipate even higher figures this  year,” Nabita said.    She however said a number of activities had been lined up to correct  the situation.      The youths that are between the ages of 15 and 20 who include some that are mothers of up to at least two children    and are mostly school drop outs said they would rather use injections as  contraceptives to prevent unplanned pregnancies because they enjoyed live sex.     Kalabo district has a population of 53,000 people as at the 2010 national census  of population results and three thirds of the population consists of youths who drop out  of school as a result of pregnancies and other economic factors.    Prostitution is the order of the day and youths bear children as early  as 14 years due to high poverty levels which stands at 85 percent,  according to official statistics.