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Call for parents to broaden their minds on issue

Salaseini Moceiwai
Friday, January 31, 2014

THE cases of people living with HIV/AIDS will continue to increase if people are not protective and careful enough, says President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

Speaking to students of Guru Nanak Khalsa College in Labasa yesterday, Ratu Epeli said Fijians often treated HIV/AIDS and sex as a taboo topic.

He said it was only proper for adults, especially parents, to broaden their mind and be sensible when discussing issues relating to the disease.

"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 said instead of talking about the negative impacts of HIV/AIDS, parents should teach their children safe sex.

He said fighting HIV/AIDS was not only the responsibility of the government but everyone in society.

In his earlier presentation, Ratu Epeli said of the 493 cases of people living with HIV/AIDS, 85 per cent contracted the disease through heterosexual sex while 2.5 per cent contracted it through male to male sex.

Ratu Epeli has so far visited eight schools as part of his HIV/AIDS awareness campaign to Northern schools this week.





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