Transactional Intergenerational Sex
Intergenerational sexual relationships are explained as relationships where young people – especially girls – get into sexual relationships with older men (‘sugar daddies’). In a some instances, relationships between older women and younger boys have been reported. Young people engage in these relationships, primarily for material gain, driven by peer pressure to acquire high-status items and masque the reality of poverty.
Sex is construed to be used as a bargaining tool for monetary and material gain, which is behaviour that goes against the ideals of how to PHILA. In light of how you should always strive to better your future for yourself, also comes the ability to take a stance on principles that reflect your identity.
Confidently say “NO” to the relations that make you feel uncomfortable and unprotected. No amount of money and/or material gifts are worth your health and your future. When you say “NO” to sugar daddies/mommies, sexual favours and blessers, you say “YES” to your health and “YES” to your life. #SheConquers
Medical Male Circumcision (MMC)
Male circumcision is a proven intervention that offers partial protection against sexually acquired HIV in Men. World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNAIDS recommend voluntary Male Medical Circumcision should always be considered as part of a comprehensive HIV prevention package that includes HIV testing and counselling; correct and consistent use of female or male condoms; treatment for sexually transmitted infections; and promotion of safer sexual practices, such as abstaining from penetrative sex.
Correct and Consistent Condom Use
Being in charge of your health and destiny means, you leave nothing to chance. Regular and consistent condom use is the first step in the right direction for your health choices. The National and Provincial Departments of Health provide free male and female condoms at all local health clinics where you can get access to condoms to protect yourself and your partner.
Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV
Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission Programme (PMTCT) is imperative to child bearing and reproductive health. The earlier you take charge of your pregnancy and your body by visiting your local clinics and hospitals, the more control you have.
The journey from antenatal care to postnatal care is difficult for any pregnant mother but even more challenging and stressful while undergoing PMTCT. When you know better, you protect yourself and most importantly, your loved ones. If you have tested positive for HIV please consult your local health clinic and get advice on how to PHILA for both you and your unborn baby.
HIV Counselling and Testing
You have the power to protect yourself and others. Regular testing for HIV/AIDS puts the power in your hands. When you consult your local clinic please ask for information on sexual health, HIV/AIDS, Counselling and Testing.
HIV counselling is a form of face-to-face education that allows the patient to learn more about the prevention, spreading and treatment information on HIV. This is usually done before a person does HIV testing and if one tests HIV positive, counselling is also provided.
End Stigma and Discrimination
It is not only the duty of people living with HIV/AIDS to destigmatize the disease, but it is also up to active citizens of South Africa to continually spread awareness and provide support for those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.
If an individual is feeling anxious or stressed they should seek out counselling services where a health practitioner will assist you.
Multiple and Concurrent Partners
Multiple and Concurrent sexual partnerships is when one has more than one partner at the same time.
In some instances individuals have a steady partner and a ‘side’ partner. The ‘other’ partner is often kept secret.
The three main types of Multiple and Concurrent Partners are:
- Intergenerational Sexual Relationships which are explained as relationships where especially young women date older men or ‘sugar daddies’. In some instances young men also date older women.
- Transactional Sexual Relationships is where there is an exchange of gifts or money for sex.
- Polygamy is the cultural institution that allows for multiple partners.
Treatment of Illness and Adherence to ARVs
People living with HIV/AIDS need to have more knowledge about their bodies, their circumstances and their environment to adapt and thrive! Everyday people who live with HIV/AIDS lead long and healthy lives, despite the fact that there is currently no cure.
The Antiretroviral (ARV) treatment is a drug provided to individuals who test positive for HIV. Adhering to HIV/AIDS treatment requires a life-long commitment, planning and adherence to the treatment programme. In South Africa, ARVs are issued by the National Department of Health (NDOH) to ensure everyone can live #PHILA a healthy lifestyle.
Prevention of TB
The symptoms of an active, infectious bacteria like TB are:
- coughing, sometimes with sputum or blood,
- chest pains,
- weight loss,
- fever and night sweats.
Early Diagnosis is key. Since knowledge is power, it also leads to action. This is why it is important to proactively test for TB, whether you have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS or not. The sooner you know your status, the faster you can act. Get tested at your local public clinic or hospital.
TB Treatment and Adherence:
Tuberculosis is treatable with a six-month course of antibiotics. The course is only effective when the prescribed course is completed. The danger in not completing the TB treatment is that your body may become resistant to the drug. Finish what you started and live your best life! PHILA!