Girls still vulnerable, according to "Holidays without AIDS" of which the 16th edition began Wednesday, exhibit deviant behaviors. The trend of feminisation of HIV and AIDS in Cameroon is difficult to reverse. From the results of the 15th campaign "Vacances sans sida", a youth awareness campaign by young people, which has been running since 2003, in one month in 2017, 620 young people tested positive for HIV in 42931.
Of which 332 girls versus 288 boys. A situation that often connects proponents of women's rights with poverty affecting women, and in turn girls who need to be empowered. This testimony of an 18-year-old girl on Cameroon Radio Television confirms this wish. "I had a test that turned out positive two years ago I had two partners: my friend in high school and a 50-year-old man who gave me a lot of money," she said under cover and left no trace of She has been following her treatment since then, but despite calls for more responsibility, the risky behavior of some people is disturbing.
Twelve months ago, 2.6% of young people and women aged between 15 and 35 tested positive for HIV in the Littoral region, these statistics were then made public after a deployment of father educators, psychosocial counselors and medical staff as part of the annual campaign "Vacations without AIDS"
Launched in Douala on August 8, 2017. The organizers planned to screen the inhabitants of the economic capital and distribute condoms for men and women.
An activity that, as almost every year, has intervened in the summer, during which the risks of the infection of this disease are recurring. Especially because many young people adopt unappetizing and sometimes unprotected sexual behavior after nightly outings and other festive gatherings. But the risks of HIV infection are also the result of many abnormalities observed in young girls, so far recognized as the most infected. In addition to having sex early, some people venture with different partners, sometimes without any precautions. Even if the trend in 2016 was the opposite, with 23,286 young boys out of 36,359 young people tested positive at the national level.
Meanwhile, the statistics of the 2018 edition of the campaign: "Holidays without AIDS", in the Littoral region, the adoption by young people of responsible sexual behavior, in the absence of abstinence, could undoubtedly contribute to the decline of a disease that is described as a pandemic of the century.