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Posted by: samio | 2004/10/29

why?

you know sometimes for telling your child about sex seems to be something good on the other side we encourage them to do that but we knew that there is a possibilyt so that they can be affected with AIDS, excetly what do you think there is a reason for encouraging our childs to have sex? because for telling them to use condoms means that what they are doing is right can you tell the reason why we shall do that.?

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Dear Samio,

you are right that people should not enter into sexual relationships lightly, and people need to take this aspect of themselves seriously and as something that is important. However, the basic fact is that people have sex, and teenagers will experiment and have sex, this is a normal part of growing up and of our development.

Therefore, if people are going to have sex then it is important that they know how to do this responsibly and safely. It is crucial for young people to protect themselves against HIV and STI's and also against unwanted pregnancy. Once young people are above the legal age of consent then they are in a position to choose whether they want to have sexual relationships. It is not for other people to impose their own moral views on others, and to expect young people to not have sex is unrealistic. It is not a case of encouraging people to have sex, they choose to do this themselves, and is a normal, natural part of our lives.

So Samio informing young people about sex and in particular responsible and safe sex is very important, especially in South Africa with our high HIV rate. The bottom line is that ignorance costs lives. Certainly, the best way of preventing HIV and STI's and pregnancy is to not have sex, but given the reality that people will have sex then they need the facts to keep themselves safe.

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Posted by: samio | 2004/10/30

i thank you
I am also a teenager, thanks a lot for what you said it sounds great and now i understand the reason why i ask that was that you know many people or our parents dont talk about that wher as they did things in public and they think childdren wont do what they are doing, but for our sefty now i know why parents must be open.
thanks a lot

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