FREE CONDOMS, USE THEM!
By: Zinhle Mngadi
As the national health calendar marks this week as the Condom and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Awareness Week, the Durban University of Technology City campus was buzzing as students got tested, received free condoms and got educated more about sexually transmitted infections during the Condom and STI’s campaign today.
The Students Health Services Department of the institution conducted the condom and STI awareness week beginning on Monday and set to end on Friday, according to health promoter, Oziel Mdletshe. The campaign kicked off on Monday at the Steve Biko campus, on Tuesday it went to ML Sultan campus and then yesterday it was at Ritson campus. The close off will be on Friday at the Brickfield campus.
Mdletshe told Iziko news that the aim of such an awareness campaign is to encourage students to know their status and to promote condom usage among tertiary institutions like DUT where the infection rate is usually high.
“If we focus on stressing the use of condoms in such institutions, then we will have less unwanted pregnancies and even lesser STI and HIV/AIDS infections. In that way we are killing a lot of birds with one stone,” said Mdletshe. “The HIV councilors are helping with the testing and educating students about the STI and we have received positive response from students. We have tested over 300 students from the day the campaign began.”
Third year Fine Art student, Nondumiso Mswenti (24) said that students are very ignorant because students have all resources and information to prevent infections but they still neglect such campaigns hence the continuous infections.
“I would say that everyone needs to test for HIV with their partner to protect themselves. But testing together is not enough, you still need to use protection and do regular checkups if you know you are active. Unsafe sex should only be done if you are trying for babies,” said Mswenti.