'Blessers' infecting young girls with HIV

'Blessers' infecting young girls with HIV
Published: 2016 June 21 08:30:45 (6704 Views)
Sugar daddies, popularly known as Blessers in South Africa remain the biggest carriers of HIV and Aids who are infecting young girls according to a feasibility study conducted by the University of KZN.

The report revealed that 100% of grade 8 pupils enter the grade HIV-negative, but by the time they matriculate 10% of them are HIV-positive while boys complete school still HIV-negative.

Speaking at the provincial launch of First Thing First HIV and Testing campaign at Thekwini TVET college yesterday, Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo said the study has clearly indicated that young girls are sleeping with older men.

"The reason we are here today is to alert you about these men. We cannot lose you to this disease; let education be your blesser, not the men who are here to destroy you," said Dhlomo.

Radio talk show host and social activist Criselda Kananda-Dudumashe also urged young people to put their focus on their education so that they will be able to win the struggle of blessers they are currently facing.



"Through education we can eradicate poverty and unemployment, and in that way we will not need blessers to help us with money or groceries," she said.

Deputy minister of higher education and training Mduduzi Manana urged the youth to have regular health check-ups. He also pleaded with them to save themselves from the disease.

"Let's use the same stones that were used by the youth of 1976 in fighting away Bantu education, to fight inequality, poverty and unemployment in order to win this struggle," said Manana.

"If one tests negative, please stay that way and carry on abstaining."

Nonhle Mazibuko (18) said: "I will not let any man take advantage of my situation. I will let education and my skills get me out of poverty."



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