LOVE VERSUS EDUCATION
You have a deep gut feeling about someone, a girl or a boy. But at the same time you want to work hard in your education, Mambo eh? (Issues ee!) Many of us are trapped in this situation, we love our education but we equally love our friends that we do not want to let it go. How can we handle this? No one can go back and change a bad beginning. But with a new renewed mind anyone can start now and create a successful ending when we know our HIV/AIDs statuses then we are better placed to manage life and remember that it is hard to do two things at the same time like having sexual affairs and pursuing your education. These usually lead to poor performance in one’s academics and remember that education is the forward in our life, please focus on education first.
TALKING ABOUT SEX
When one thinks about sex all the time, it increases the chances of him or her engaging in sexual intercourse. To prevent this behavior one needs to avoid being idle and being exposed to things that can lead to temptations. At this age we need to focus on our education and work hard to improve our performance in class. Then we will find that the temptations will be a thing of past. This is because we will have no time for temptations which come by being idle.
VOLUNTARY COUNSELING AND TESTING
As young people, we face very many challenges in our lives. The dot com era presents us with challenges of drugs and substance abuse, sex and gender based violence, poverty, sexually transmitted infections, and teenage pregnancies, early and forced marriages among others. With all these challenges how should we take the lead? Knowing our status empowers us to make informed choices i.e. how to stay negative or if positive how to take care of our selves and also how to live a more fulfilling and productive life. Further, it will be important to gain the understanding of ones status to avoid the apprehension that comes with 50:50 situations knowing our status makes us the beneficiary of our health and other people’s health. This means we can make informed decision that can influence in a positive way.
Abstinence possible, it calls for self control, personal character setting standards in advance and goals for the future ama? Hapo ni kweli na ni poa ( that is true and its good) and remember that sex is only good only within the bonds of a committed and faithful marriage where love can grow. Abstain from sex jamaa ( friends).
By Jecinter Naliaka-peer educator