The Ghana AIDS Commission has revealed a new behaviour which they think is the cause of drastic rise of HIV infections in Ghana these days.
Reports from the commission shows that 12,000 people died from HIV related causes in 2020 while 5,000 young people contracted the virus. The data clearly revealed that more women were infected than men.
The Director – General of the Commission, Steve Kyeremeh Atuahene, says the emerging lifestyles of the young people of Ghana are to blamed for the phenomenon.
He revealed that many young people have adopted new behaviours apart from the Sugar Daddy – Sugar Mummy syndrome. They have adopted 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.
In regards to the high number of women in the number of infected persons I believe commercial sex is also one, of the major causes of the rampant spread of the virus.
“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” – Steve Kyeremah Otuahene confirmed.
Mr Kyeremah Atuahene proceeded that prostitution is also a major cause of the rising HIV infections among women.
The Ghana AIDS Commission boss concluded that, he believes that if they are a change in these behaviours we can make a headway towards achieving epidemic control and ending Aids in Ghana.