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UN official says sexual education important

  • Elly Burhaini Faizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 25 2012   /  10:45 am

A visiting United Nations official has stressed the importance of sexual education for young people. He said that many in this age group are sexually active and as such, are vulnerable to sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS.

“Without proper sex education young people, particularly girls, will [undergo] early pregnancy and unsafe abortion. Even more, they are at the high risk of contracting HIV infection,” UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibe told a press conference in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Halting the transmission of HIV from mothers to children is one of the targets the UNAIDS is working toward.

According to Sidibe, traditionally men are better equipped and have the skill to protect themselves against the impact of risky sexual behaviors, however, this is not the same with girls.

“We want to see an end to HIV transmission from mothers t...