Steve Kyeremeh Atuahene, Director-General of the Ghana AIDS Commission has advised Ghanaian youth to desist from transactional sex or risk of getting infected with AIDS.
He stressed that the current rise in HIV/AIDS numbers in the country can be attributed to this.
In an interview with Kwaku Dawuro on Accra-based Kingdom FM, Mr. Atuahene attributed to some new lifestyles he said have been adopted by women, predisposing them to contract the virus more than their male counterparts.
“Majority of young women are into transactional sex; that is where they think that whenever they have sex with someone they should get something back, it can be money, it can be a gift, it can be any other thing in exchange for sex,” he said.
“Young people have adopted new behaviours. Apart from the Sugar Daddy-Sugar Mummy syndrome, we also have what we call friends-with-benefit, where they will have girlfriends, boyfriends and the idea, is that if you sleep with me you’ll have to give me money,” he explained.
Steve Kyeremeh Atuahene said, young people have adopted lifestyles that do not support the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The Ghana AIDS Commission boss believes that if there is a change in these behaviours “we can make a headway towards achieving epidemic control and ending Aids”.