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Please Don’t Call My Mummy

His Majesty, Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV’s speech at the 2019 IGD.

Facts

majority Did you know that the vast majority of young people learn about sexual matters and HIV through their friends? Source: UNICEF

Senga

"How do people get HIV?"

"A person gets HIV when an infected person's body fluids (blood, semen, fluids from the vagina, or breast milk) enter his or her bloodstream. The virus can enter the blood through linings in the mouth, anus, or sex organs (the penis and vagina), or through broken skin. Both men and women can spread HIV. A person with HIV can feel okay and still transmit the virus to others. Pregnant women with HIV also can pass the virus to their babies. Common ways people get HIV include; sharing a needle to take drugs, having unprotected sex with an infected person You…"

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"She has this the wrong way round. The risks of the Pill aren't all that big, but they're much greater in older women. In the age group 16 to 25, the danger of serious side-effects from the Pill is very small – unless you are a smoker or have other risk factors, such as a history of clots or a family history of relatives who had heart attacks or strokes at an early age. You will be asked about these things when you first go to a doc to obtain the Pill. She should also check your blood pressure –…"

"Can a person with syphilis spread the disease?"

"Yes. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease. A person with syphilis can spread the infection during the first two stages of the disease. If you come in contact with an open sore (first stage) or skin rash (second stage), you can pick up the bacteria that cause the infection. If the bacteria enter your body through an opening such as the penis, anus, vagina, mouth, or broken skin, you can get syphilis. If a person has had syphilis for more than two years, it's unlikely that he or she can spread the disease. Don't take a chance. Use a lubricated…"

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