Unplanned Pregnancy and HIV/AIDS, which is more dangerous?

The Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO) is championing the course of planning our families through the use of contraceptives.  However, the spate of the use of contraceptives among young unmarried women, most especially, students of first and second cycle institutions is very alarming considering the zeal by governments and civil society groups to minimize the spread of HIV/AIDS on our  part of the West African sub-region.

The (ABC) acronym used by the Family Planning Units of our health institutions simply means; Abstinence, Being faithful and Condom use. During HIV/AIDS sensitization programmes in schools, students are often encouraged and advised to stick to the first letter of the acronym – Abstinence, since the priority of their life at that stage is their education, and therefore any form of interference, be it HIV/AIDS or pregnancy can jeopardize their future.
In a bid to enjoy themselves and still be in school, students as young as thirteen (13) go in for all forms of contraceptives ranging from emergency pills to five to ten-year renewable ones.

Students are comfortable being protected against pregnancy than against HIV/AIDS.  This is because almost all the contraceptives protect you against pregnancy but not HIV/AIDS with the exception of the male and female condom, but how sure can one be if one partner pierces a hole at the tip?.  Ladies have gotten pregnant in the course of their pursuit of education and still continued, but the stigmatization associated with HIV/AIDS can kill you before your time.

The best option to me is abstinence, but if you think it is expensive, try HIV/AIDS.


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