Campbell, Catherine, Foulis, Carol-Ann, Maimane, Sbongile and Sibiya, Zweni
Supporting youth: broadening the approach to HIV/AIDS prevention programmes.
Centre for HIV/AIDS Networking (HIVAN), University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, South Africa.
The aim of many HIV/AIDS-awareness campaigns is to pass on
knowledge. This assumes that people – particularly young
people – practise unsafe sex and become infected with HIV because
they lack the necessary information.
But it is now clear that even with the right information, many youth
do not take steps to protect themselves from infection. As a result they
are often blamed for the problems facing HIV/AIDS prevention.
However, this book argues that blaming youth is not fair and that it is
not just youth who need to change. Social circumstances often make it
very difficult for youth to take precautions and it is these social
circumstances that need to change as well. Knowledge is only one
component – or part – of a number of components that are essential
for behaviour change and HIV/AIDS prevention.
The conversation on the next page raises some of these other
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