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Fear as Drunk Sex, HIV, Suicide Rates Rise among Kampala Youth

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Conducted by the Uganda Youth Development Link in various slums of Kampala, the study outlined a fine link between sexual practice, alcohol misuse and the escalating HIV/AIDS prevalence amongst the youths.

About ten percent of the 11,000 youth respondents were HIV positive and 64 percent of these confessed to have drunk alcohol before sex

Excessive consumption of alcohol to blame for the increased rates in HIV and suicide

Majority of the youngsters who reside in the shanty per-urban areas the report pointed out, live an extremely undesirable life. 41 percent live more than two in one room, 22 percent had lived on the streets and 22 percent are orphans.

Presenting the report findings at Hotel African in Kampala on Wednesday, Prof Monica Swahn from Georgia State University USA highlighted a need for Uganda and Kampala Capital City Authority to look into the housing and living conditions of the growing number of Kampala youths.

Monica also blamed unregulated sale and advertisement of alcoholic products on the Ugandan market as the substantive cause of the crisis.

“Uganda is ranked amongst the world’s biggest alcohol per-capita consumers. The role of early alcohol use among youths has been massive in the transmission of HIV primarily through unprotected sex,” she said.

She pinpointed a need by government to tighten nuts on the indiscriminate advertisement of alcoholic products, especially via out-of-home adverts like billboards, public transport vehicles, newspapers which cannot be shielded from children.

Monica noted: “There is an arising need for policy regulations that will restrict alcohol marketing which at times involves providing free drinks to the youths.”

Most startling in the study, however, was the fact that excessive use of alcohol amongst youths indicated a fine linkage with suicide amongst urban youths.

The report unearthed the uncommon picture of suicide prevalence and risk factors amongst slum youths.

30.9 percent of the respondents in the study had contemplated committing suicide.

Monica issuing her report on Wednesday

According to UYDL Executive Director Mr Rogers Kasirye, this was mainly because of parental neglect especially when the youth’s alcohol misuse gets out of hand.


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More suicide attempts, he said, were related to sadness and anticipation of death before the age of 30.

Suicide prevalence was reported inclined more to girls than boys with 34.4 percent of the female respondents having contemplated suicide, compared to 23.2 percent boys.

Also 21 percent of the girls had actually attempted suicide unlike 16.2 percent males.

Mr Kasirye called upon government to pay more attention to the plight of youths in urban areas and warned of possible higher AIDS prevalence figures in the coming studies, if no swift measures are taken.

“It’s very clear that these vulnerable youths are in need of additional services and guidece to ameliorate their adverse childhood experiences,” he concluded.

More figures from the report.

37 percent haven’t used condoms with their partners for the last 3months

67.6 percent have been taught how to use condoms

56 percent never used a condom on first sex

46 percent have sex with multiple partners

14 percent are engaged in commercial sex

17 percent have been raped

Only 17 percent fear to buy alcohol because they are underage.

26 percent prefer to drink from sachets

31 percent prefer locally made alcohol.

73 percent drink with their friends

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