8 June 2011

South Africa: Sex While HIV Positive is Murder - Survey

Johannesburg — Eighty-one percent of South African youth equate not telling your sexual partner that you are HIV positive with murder, a survey revealed on Wednesday.

Of the 138,954 young people who took part in the study, 44 percent said they were sexually active, and 66 percent would not consider having sex after drinking, the Praekelt Foundation said in a statement.

A question about how far South Africa had come in the fight against HIV/Aids elicited 7900 responses, with 62 percent saying more needed to be done.

The survey was based on polls run on the foundation's YoungAfricaLive mobile platform since December last year.

"Since our launch, YoungAfricaLive has grown to become South Africa's largest mobile community for young people to talk to each other and educate themselves about sex, love and relationships," the foundation's founder Gustav Praekelt said.

Tamsen de Beer, content editor of YoungAfricaLive, said that the survey was a barometer of South African youth's sentiment around love and sexual health.

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