Monday, February 4, 2013

Tobago Be HIV Smart This Carnival

In less than one week our entire country would be in full "free up" mode. Carnival is known as a time which celebrates with whine and jam, revelry, and high levels of consumption of alcohol. As such,  this season is categorized and known as a high-risk period for transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, however, there is little education and awareness on the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases prevention during this time of the year.

At this time of year, emphasis should be placed on behavior modification programmes. Society have accepted many  lax conduct for carnival and as this behavior become coupled with the increase consumption of alcohol, many persons may be prone to making irrational decisions with dire consequences to their lives. 

As we prepare to revel,drink, dance and let loose our selves let us be HIV smart. The battle agaisnt HIV is every ongoing and sometimes society's activities may work counter to the efforts that we make. Remember abstinence is the key to zero cases of infection, but if you may engage in sexual activities use a condom. 

Remember Prevention is better than Cure. 

Tips to remember

•Always walk with your own condoms
•Know your limit with alcohol and other substances
•Reduce your risk- no need to go all the way.
•Keep to your partner
•Get tested regularly
•Know your rights

For more information, contact Red Initiatives at redtnt@gmail.com or call 687-6536, 301-0690 or 664-1863.


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