Abstinence and not getting involved in risky behaviours leading to the infection of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and getting pregnant out of wedlock or early marriage was the message passed on by HIV Awareness Programme for Peers and Youth (HAPPY) Coordinator Siti Kailene binti Mohd Jazlan Kashfi.
She also shared the latest local statistics on STIs and teenage pregnancy by highlighting the age and gender dominating the numbers.
Siti Kailene shared the information in an HIV awareness programme organised recently by Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council (BDAIDS Council) HIV. It was conducted for 161 Year 10 students and 175 Year 11 students of Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam Secondary School.
According to BDAIDS Council, HAPPY is a youth-led project that spreads HIV awareness including knowledge on teenage pregnancy and STIs. It is an interactive programme that combines audio and visuals as well as activities to pass on the message to young people which includes those adapted to the local settings.
BDAIDS Council volunteers, as part of the HAPPY Team, were also present.
BDAIDS Council hopes students can bring home the messages as part of their learning process and to apply it into their daily lifestyles.