Cameroon: 34th World Aids Day – Students Sensitised On Social Media Dangers

An educational talk between African Synergy and leaders of the various school health clubs was held at the Lycée Général Leclerc yesterday, November 24, 2021.

Do you practice safe sex? Do you know your HIV status? What are the consequences of engaging in a sexual relationship? How do you use social media? What kind of messages and pictures do you put on social networks? These are some of the questions answered by about 120 students from different secondary schools in Yaounde and its suburbs during an educational talk organized by the African NGO African First Ladies: African Cooperation Against AIDS and Suffering, yesterday November 24, 2021 in Yaounde. This event came within the framework of the sixth edition of the month of Cameroon against AIDS, and a prelude to the celebration of the thirty-fourth session of World AIDS Day on December 1, 2021; Under the title “Ending Inequality, Ending AIDS, Ending Epidemics”.

The topic of the informative talk was “HIV/AIDS and Social Networking”. Experts from African Synergy said that the emergence of social networks has taken a prominent place in young people’s access to information and in managing their personal relationships. This phenomenon is not without its impact on the way teenagers today enter into relationships. In the field of sexual health, the rise of social networks has changed the way young people interact with each other while exposing their lives and intimacy.

The Executive Secretary of the Organization of African Cooperation Against AIDS and Suffering, Jean-Stefan Biacha, told the press that posting pornographic images on the Internet and social networks are all practices that increase the vulnerability of young people, especially girls, to the risk of HIV infection. . He reiterated that over the past years, educational conversations have focused on young people and their sexuality, when talking about HIV/AIDS. But this year, due to the recent events on social media with pornographic images of young girls seen on various networks, the Pan-African NGO African First Ladies felt the need to speak up about social media and its impact on the sexuality of young people. Jan-Stephan Biacha said it is important to make students aware of what they are doing on social media because it can have an impact on their lives and sexuality. Given the importance of social media in many ways, Jan-Stefan Pjaca said that they cannot tell young people not to visit the platform, but that they should be aware of the risks when revealing their intimate relationship on these sites because the post or photo can have consequences for their lives after 10 years.