IRIN/PlusNews Examines Issues Surrounding HIV-Positive Teenagers in Burkina Faso
June 9, 2008
IRIN/PlusNews on Thursday examined issues surrounding HIV-positive teenagers in Burkina Faso, who are living longer because of antiretroviral treatment and are "expecting to become sexually active" and have children. According to IRIN/PlusNews, sexual activity among young people in Burkina Faso is "usually kept under the blanket," and if they are HIV-positive, the "issue becomes even harder to acknowledge."
Jacques Sanago, secretary general of the Association Espoir Pour Demain, said, "We tell [young people] that they are not the only ones in this situation" and that "thanks to [antiretroviral drugs], they will be able to have children one day by taking all the precautions." Alica Zoungrana, a pediatrician at the Charles de Gualle pediatric hospital in Ouagadougou, said, "We concentrate on prevention when talking to [HIV-positive] children. They need to understand that all is not lost and that they have the right to have children." She added that it is easier to instill prevention methods with children who have not become sexually active. "For someone who starts their sexual life using these methods, it's much easier to manage than an adult who had a normal sex life and then has to change their methods" (IRIN/PlusNews, 6/5).
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