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'Protection is the key'

Nasik Swami
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

THE President and Fiji's HIV/AIDS representative Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has urged all parents to modernise their thinking and be sensible when discussing issues relating to HIV/AIDS with their children.

During the media launch of the World AIDS Day 2012 at the Government House yesterday, Ratu Epeli said people in Fiji often treated AIDS and sex as a taboo topic.

He said instead of talking bad about HIV/AIDS, parents should teach their children safe sex.

"Parents should not look at condoms negatively," he said.

"The issue is that people don't use protection. If you practise safe sex you will get the results and protection is the key," Ratu Epeli said.

He also highlighted that he would be going to secondary schools around the country to advocate for AIDS awareness.

"There are 177 secondary schools in Fiji. I have covered 25 involving a student population of approximately 12,000.

"I intend to visit all other secondary schools next year," he said.

Ratu Epeli also said fighting HIV/AIDS was not the sole responsibility of the government but everyone in society.