Some 117 students at the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) School of Business attended an HIV Awareness Programme for Peers and Youth (HAPPY) conducted by Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council (BDAIDS Council), as part of their orientation programme.
HAPPY Project Coordinator Siti Kailene binti Mohd Jazlan Kashfi facilitated the talk.
She shared the latest statistics on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and teenage pregnancy in the Sultanate by highlighting age and gender that dominate the statistics.
She also told the students that the figures can be curbed by applying abstinence to prevent youth from getting involved in behaviours that lead to the contraction of STIs, getting pregnant out of wedlock, or early marriage.
HAPPY is a youth-led project that promotes HIV awareness. It aims to deliver its message to young people in a way that has been adapted to the local context.
BDAIDS Council hopes that students can spread the messages as part of their learning process and to apply it into their daily lifestyles.