Scrutinize The Facts

Undercover Lover

Undercover Lover

In South Africa 90% of people under the age of 30 and more than 60% of those under the age of 40 describe themselves as being single which means they have no partner, they are not married, living together or in a steady relationship with someone. Being single does not mean that they do not have sex and there are many different types of sexual partnerships.

In South Africa there are high levels of condom usage associated with one night stands or casual sex as people understand that one night stands and sex without a condom increases their risk of HIV infection.

Undercover HIV

Undercover HIV

HIV is the Human Immune-deficiency Virus. HIV is found in body fluids such as blood, semen, vaginal fluid, breast milk and other fluids containing blood. Contact with saliva, tears, or sweat has never been shown to result in transmission of HIV. A person's immune system recognizes the germs and viruses and fights the infection. The immune system has two important parts: CD4 or Helper T-cells: lead the body's defense system. Antibodies: the flags or signals made by the body's immune system that shows that there is an infection and also provides information on the type of infection.

What's my risk?

What's my risk?

People take risks every day, often without knowing it. Some people may run across a busy highway; others may drive without a seat-belt or drive when they are drunk. In all of these instances they place their lives at risk. When it comes to sex and HIV some behaviours are more likely to result in you getting HIV. High risk includes having sex with more than one partner or not using a condom. These behaviours not only increase your chance of getting HIV but also those of your sexual partners, and if one of the partners is pregnant, the unborn child may get HIV.

Booza Brain

Booza Brain

Hey we all like a good party but HIV likes a good booza party too.  When we drink too much alcohol we act differently as to if we were sober. When we have a few too many we are more likely to make decisions that put our lives at risk like driving a car or having sex.

People who drink too much are likely to have more sexual partners, likely to have a one night stand, less like likely to use condoms and more likely to be exposed to HIV.

Sugar Surprise

Sugar Surprise

Many young men and women today engage in sexual relationships with older men and women that place them at risk of HIV. The older partners are not necessarily old fat cats they can be five to ten years older than their partners. They can be rich or poor and the gifts they give in exchange for sex can vary from for cool stuff like cellphones, cash and credit cards and popular fashion labels to simple gifts such as snacks or cosmetics in exchange for sex.

Love words

Love words

Words are risky because often what we say and what we mean are two different things.  Some people are often coerced into sex even if they may not feel ready to do it. Someone people may say that they love you and if you love them you will have sex with them. This places pressure on you because you may be fearful that if you were to say no lets wait a while you may loose the relationship. But often even when you say yes, this may also result in the relationship coming to an end. Scutinize the true meaning of love - because if they love you they will wait for you.

Condom wise

Condom wise

Condoms are 80 - 90% effective in reducing the risk of HIV when used correctly and consistently with all partners and also effective to prevent other sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy. There are many myths and half truths about condoms, here's where you get to scrutinize the facts from the myths about condoms.

About Scrutinize

Scrutinize is a public health campaign which encourages the Youth to "scrutinize" or understand their risk of HIV infection in relation to multiple concurrent partners, correct and consistent condom use, transactional sex (sex for money), intergenerational sex (sugar daddies) and alcohol use.

Scrutinize is a national campaign being undertaken by the JHU Program in South Africa and funded by USAID/PEPFAR.