By John Agaba
“What is in sex? Can’t you live without sex? What is this animal in sex that makes everybody crazy?”
This was the question Dr. Doreen Male, the deputy executive director of the Mulago referral hospital in Kampala posed to youths at the launch of the BUSDACC-Community Youth Project in Bunga, Kampala, recently.
The project, among others, looks to impart knowledge and skills for HIV/Aids prevention and mitigation to over 300 vulnerable youths in Kampala.
It also looks to empower over 150 vulnerable youths with vocational skills and to provide them with start-up kits to establish self-income generating projects.
Male challenged the youths to play a critical role in the reduction of HIV prevalence in the country by saying no to sex till after marriage and by staying faithful to their partners after marriage.
“The bible says it. Sex was for recreation. But we have turned it around. And some people can’t sleep unless they have had it [sex]. We need to re-orient our thinking,” he said.
“We are young people. There are many things we can do. We shouldn’t waste our time on sex.”
According to the latest health ministry statistics, Uganda registered about 140, 000 new HIV infections in 2013.
Male challenged the youths to busy themselves in income-generating projects than sitting home all day “complaining about unemployment.”
She told them this lack-of-something-to-do attitude tends to compromise people’s behavior and that they end up doing things they would not ordinarily engage if they were busier.
Deborah Nsubuga, the project’s coordinator, said they have organized over 300 youths, mainly vulnerable, out-of-school young men and women between 18 and 35 years.
“We are going to engage them in trainings, how they can protect themselves from HIV, and how they can live positively in case they contracted the virus,” she said.
“We shall emphasize the aspect of stigma. And provide information about referral centres for HIV treatment for those living with the virus.”
Nsubuga mentioned that it is a two-year project and it is implemented by the Bunga SDA central church.
The activities to mark the launch started with a route march around the Bunga suburb, attended by many of the beneficiaries of the project.