Pregnancy Prevention and STI Awareness Campaign
The UKZN AIDS programme hosted an STI/Condom and Pregnancy Prevention Awareness campaign on the Howard College campus.
‘It’s Valentine’s week and love is in the air, everyone is focusing on relationships and intimacy, so it is important to remember to be safe and responsible,’ said Ms Noxolo Batembu, UKZN Health Promoter.
The programme included HIV counselling and testing, condom distribution and demonstrations of female and male condoms and dental dams. Information was handed out to students and a quiz on STI info, condom usage and family planning was held. The session was very informative and students won goodie bags after correctly answering questions.
The Campaign aimed to:
· Promote safe and healthy sexual decisions by reducing social stigma surrounding condom usage,
· Increase awareness of the importance of knowing your status by testing regularly,
· Increase awareness of the availability of free, quality treatment in the campus health clinic, and
· Promote delayed sexual activity.
Ms Tenjiwe Manana from DramAide encouraged students to know their status and to practice safe sex. Mr Thulani Shusha from eThekwini Municipality distributed pamphlets on STIs to students while Sister Maneli Dlamini of the Campus Health Clinic also addressed students.
Head of the HIV/AIDS Centre, Ms Nomonde Magantolo, emphasised the importance of peer educators in educating students about safe sex practices. ‘Peer education involves peers communicating HIV prevention information and strategies in ways that can lead to behavioural change. Peer education includes a variety of activities – HIV/AIDS awareness events, group discussions, drama, presentations and outreach during the vacation.’
Ms Zinhle Thobeka Madela, a third-year Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology & Community Development) student, is involved in a youth movement, the Vintage Gang.
The movement targets female students and uses fashion to deal with social issues facing the youth in South Africa, including the phenomenon of “sugar daddies”. Madela explained that campus students used vintage clothes to encourage young girls to be self-sufficient, and to teach them that style doesn’t need to cost a lot of money. Visit their Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vintage-Gang/248235211968951
Programme Directors Mr Sbongiseni Khumalo of the Gay & Lesbian Centre, and UKZN’s Miss Pinky Mnyaka entertained the crowd throughout the programme.
Entertainment was provided by students and included poetry by Brian Gwamanda, Sabelo Mvelase and Mzikantu Thaba. Nkcubeko Diko and Sihle Masinga Dj’ed.
Ms Keshnee Naicker from the Provincial Department of Health delivered the vote of thanks.
The event on the Howard College campus was the result of a partnership between DOH Provincial, the Campus Health Clinic, DramAide, the Gay and Lesbian Centre and the Thembalabuntu organisation
Look out for these events on your campus:
· First Thing First Campaign - March - This campaign aims to encourage students (especially first-year students) to know their status and to adopt a healthy life style.
· Zazi Campaign - April 2014 - this campaign promotes self confidence amongst women so that they can draw upon their own strength to make positive choices for their future.
· Brother for Life - May 2014 this campaign aims to promote Medical Male Circumcision and know your status.
· MSM/LGBTI - Launch in April.
· Graduate Alive Campaign - in September - aims to encourage students to take responsibility for their lives and be the change that they want to see.