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Posted Feb 23 2010 1:17am
Men sector

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February was the month for men and woman to get involve with community development and health education. For two days the Men Sector support group listen and took notes while instructors explained how important it is to educate the community on health related issues. All participants took advantage of the information that was handed to them during the work shop. Mr. I.P Omphitlhetse kicked off the day with a better understanding in goals and objectives the Men Sector support group should be facing. The Men Sector aims to be a lead sector in employing best practice strategies to significantly reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in men and sexually active boys in Botswana. We, Men sector, will ensure that the male population of Botswana is well informed on HIV/AIDS, and is fully involved in carrying out activities that are aimed at reducing the spread of diseases and in taking part in the care of the affected and infected. Mr. I.P Omphitlhetse made sure all participants got the message. In addition, Mr. N. Bashanako gave us a lesson on understanding sexuality. The objective, to gain an understanding of broad concept of sexuality and the many areas of our lives that involve our sexuality. Mr. N. Bashanako also explained sexuality is an expression of who we are as human beings. Sexuality includes all the feelings, thoughts and behavior of being a female or male, being attractive and in love as well in relationships that include intimacy and physical activity. Mr. N. Bashanako also explained the gender role we all play in life. For example, gender refers to the societal expectations placed on Men and Women. It is how an individual or society defines male and females. Gender roles on the other hand are socially or culturally defined attitudes, behaviors, expectations, and responsibilities that are considered appropriate for men and women. Gender roles vary according to culture, class and ethnicity.  A better understanding of a role we all play in life. This would help the peer educators do a better job out in the field. Furthermore, Mr. Dikobo gave us a treat on Sexually Transmitted Infections. A whole new session for all of us. Because of the high rate of infections  in our community Mr. Dikobo gave us an introduction to all infections in the community. His definition, these are infections that are transmitted from person to person through sexual contact and if the infection is not treated can cause serious adverse effects on reproductive and child health. We, Men Sector learned the signs and symptoms on both men and women regarding sexually transmitted infections. Due to the high rate of infections Mr. N. Bashanako explained the issues facing Multiple concurrent partnerships and HIV transmission. Having more than one partner does not break the chain. The best advise we can give during our visits in our community is our ( ABC’S ) Abstain, Faithfulness, and Condomize. Who’s in sexual network was the theme. The most important issue was presented by Mr. Bengani who’s topic was the links between alcohol and HIV/AIDS. Excessive alcohol plays an important role in the commission of rape. It is associated exciting lust and also weakening the natural inhibitions that normally keeps instincts and urges at bay Mr. Bengani explained. In any case, our instructors gave us lot’s of information to use during our community mobilization. We, Men sector will provide more soccer events, school health talks, business outreach, and community empowerment to inform all who live in our community.        

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