Church must join sexual health education campaign

By Edmund Quaynor, GNA

Koforidua, July 14, GNA – The church has been asked to give strong
support to the promotion of sexual health education.

Ms. Golda Asante, Eastern Regional Technical Coordinator of the
Technical Support Unit of the Ghana Aids Commission (GAC), said it should help
provide the people, particularly the youth, with access to adequate information
about their sexuality and sexual relationship.

She was speaking at a meeting held with the Men’s Fellowship of the
Ascension Presbyterian Church in Koforidua.

It provided the platform to discuss ways of curbing the rising
prostitution, homosexuality and lesbianism in the area.

Ms. Asante said the church should double its effort to assist people to
make the right decisions and choices.

She indicated that this should be done through education and
information, saying, people needed to take decisions on their sexual
orientation and relationship from “well informed position”.

Enforcement of the law on sex alone was not enough to make people to
change their sexual orientation and this was why the church’s involvement was
important, she stated.

Ms. Asante said given the church’s tremendous influence, there could be
no doubt that it could help to make a difference.

She encouraged Christian parents to have the confidence to talk and
discuss sex with their children.

Opening up to them, she said, would enable them to instill the family’s
sexual values in the young ones, she added.

Ms. Asante made reference to campaign to get people in the region to
voluntarily go for HIV-AIDS test, and said, the response had been encouraging.

She announced that in excess of 8,000 people went for the voluntary test
within a space of three days – during this year’s Kwahu Easter Festival.


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