According to the  National Aids Control Council, AIDS is the number 1 killer among Kenyans aged between 10 and 24 years.The highest numbers are among high school students aged 16-19 years.

These findings from 2013 were released by the Health Ministry yesterday.

Risk Factors

These chilling facts point to the fact that young people are indeed having sex, even at the tender age of 9

The highest risk factor in this case is unprotected sex. The youth fear pregnancy more than they fear STDs and HIV/AIDS.

Burring our heads in the sand

As hard hitting as this may sound, it needs to be said, We as a nation are burring our heads in the sand when it comes to the youth and sex. We still have the mentality that ‘if we do not talk about it, it won’t happen’. Well open your eyes people, it is happening, Teens are engaging in risky sexual behavior without a care in the world,

We are losing our future generation right before our eyes.

Way forward

The community needs to talk about sex with the youngsters more often. We cannot turn a blind eye to the fact that kids as young as 9 are having sex, without even knowing what it is. We need to be open about sex, but instead condom and kissing ads are being banned.

This is a wake up call!