Childhood Sex Education Facilitating Zero HIV Infection

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S.H.C.J. Chike Eze

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The continual prevalence of HIV and AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa leading to high rate AIDS related deaths indicates that in spite of tremendous efforts made so far, humanity is struggling with the epidemic. Families have to invest more in sex education of their children/wards. Many families and faith-based communities continue to shy away from critical discussion around the discourse of sex education for minors. Often the commonest attempts made in line with sex education have always been to educate the youth who are in their teens, but what happens to those who are outside the age bracket of being teenagers. This paper raises a serious concern that aspiring for zero HIV infection means revisiting families and faith-based communities’ commitment to sex education of children. In this regard, one of the preoccupying issue is; at what age should children be exposed to in-depth sex education leading them to understand the implications of the vitality and nuance of sexual activity, which happens to be one of the major sources of HIV transmission? In other words, children as well as adults need to be well-informed of sex and sexuality related issues to facilitate appropriate decision making on matters of sexual activity. Therefore, now is the time to take children’s sexual education serious.

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Eze, S. (2016). Childhood Sex Education Facilitating Zero HIV Infection. Alternation Journal, 23(2), 266-288. Retrieved from https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/soa/article/view/1293
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S.H.C.J. Chike Eze, Tangaza University College

chikashcj@gmail.com