On Wednesday 21 December 2000, several youth from Cabaret, 35 km North of the Capital, expressed their intention to practice less-risky sexual behaviour from now on. This followed a discussion meeting on the dangers related to HIV infection. All non-informed boys and girls are exposed to this.
Organized under the theme “Youth and AIDS” at a public meeting place, the exchange of thought with the youth of Cabaret, is the continuation of an initiative begun in the South East of the country by the Association for National Solidarity (ASON), an association of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and people affected by the illness.
A wave of emotion went through the audience, which counted more than 200 mostly young people, when hearing the testimony and recommendations of Saurel Beaujour, the Executive Secretary of ASON. He did not hesitate to affirm his seropositive status, acquired in 1993.
“A person infected by HIV must neither be ashamed nor go into hiding. Believe it or not, AIDS exists and its virus is so smart that it will carry an infected person to the grave, sooner or later. So young men and young women, I would like to urge you to not have early intercourse, to respect your home and family and remain faithful to your partner,” Beaujour beseeched.
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