Sexual and Reproductive Health Day is celebrated globally, on or around February 12, it’s awareness is for people to consider the importance of sexual and reproductive health.
The day offers the opportunity to raise global awareness on key sexual health issues including: preventing unintended teenage pregnancy, preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), encouraging interventions to reduce the prevalence of female genital mutilation, AIDS risk reduction interventions and increasing HIV awareness, prevention and treatment.
An opportunity for further HIV prevention and treatment measures. According to the UNAIDS, around 34 million people around the world are currently living with HIV and 3.3 million of them are under the age of 15. Every day nearly 7000 people contract HIV – nearly 300 every hour.
The UNAIDS calls on the need for further HIV prevention services needed, which have been shown to be extremely effective; in countries where there has been a concurrent scale up of HIV prevention and treatment programs there has also been a drop in new HIV infections to record lows.
How education plays a role Education can provide the social vaccine needed, offering a real chance at a productive life. Not only is education essential for preventing HIV, preventing HIV is essential for education.