Our expert says:
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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