Benkum Senior High School is the next to have received comprehensive tutelage on HIV and AIDS from Golda Asante and her team.
Since late last year, Golda Asante, a Technical Coordinator of the Ghana AIDS Commission has intensified efforts to educate Senior High School students on HIV and AIDS.
The project which received support from the Bread and Roses foundation seems to receive massive attendance.
At the Benkum Senior High School, 2601 students, comprising 1161 males and 1140 females participated in the educational program.
600 students took part in an HIV testing and counseling services that was organized as part of the program.
Golda Asante at Benkum Senior High, took time to answer questions that were bothering students on HIV and AIDS.
Some of the questions bothered on:
- The difference between HIV type one and HIV type two
- As to whether a person can get infected if he or she eats food contaminated with the blood of an infected person.
- Whether a person could get infected in the uterus during delivery
- Whether Antiretroviral drugs could completely cure HIV
- Whether a person ART treatment could infect a person through sex
There were also general questions from students on Sexually Transmitted Infections.
The project to reach Senior High Schools has been put together to “reach all”
According to Golda, it was important to engage the young on HIV related issues because, they are already sexually active.
Meanwhile the advantages of delaying ones first sexual encounter far outweighs engaging in sexual activities early enough.
It was therefore to the advantage of the student to be knowledgeable and to make an informed choice about their sexual behaviour.
It is hoped that these efforts will equip the students with the needed knowledge and in the long run help achieve the agenda 90-90-90.
The 90-90-90 is a strategy to ensure that by the year 2020, 90% of people living with HIV should be aware of their HIV infection.
90% of all people living with HIV should be receiving anti-retroviral drugs.
Lastly, 90% of people on anti-retroviral drugs should receive viral suppression.