NYAGATARE - Residents of Nyagatare District have been advised against cross-generation sex.
The advice was given by an official of the National AIDS Control Commission (CNLS) during a “Sinigurisha” campaign conducted at Umutara Polytechnic University playgrounds this week.
“Sinigurisha”, literally meaning “I am not for sale” is an anti cross-generation sex campaign.
Jean Marie Vianney Gatabazi, who represented CNLS at the function, told Nyagatare residents that statistics show that a big number of girls have been involved in sexual relationships with older men who in the end infect them with HIV.
“It is every one’s responsibility to stand up and support this campaign. Statistics show that girls aged between 18 to 24 years are five times more likely to be infected with HIV than the boys of the same age. This is a serious issue that requires every one’s attention,” he said.
Rebecca Karungi, Nyagatare vice Mayor in charge of Social affairs, said the district had taken tough measures against cross-generation sex.
“Such cases do happen…but in collaboration with stakeholders in the district that include security agencies, we have stepped up the fight,” she said.