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.

Drugs and alcohol increases the risk of you getting infected with HIV as we all know we're more likely to engage in sex with someone other than our partner when under the influence and less likely to use a condom. Getting drunk or using drugs may place you in a dangerous situation of sexual abuse or rape.

It's easy to be tempted to have sex in exchange for cool stuff, like airtime or clothes, bought for you by someone who is older. Sugar Daddy or Sugar Mommy relationships are risky because it can be difficult to negotiate the use of a condom and remain in control of what's happening..

There are many ways in which people can have sex with little or no risk of getting HIV. These include using condoms properly all the time with all your sex partners. Oral sex is also quite safe provided a person has no open oral sores or wounds in the mouth.

If you refuse to have sex with someone who then uses violence to force sex, this is rape. Rape is any form of sexual penetration without consent, irrespective of whether it's a guy or a girl forcing the issue. If you are raped you should immediately report this to the police and go for an HIV test and PEP (post exposure prophylaxis - a special course of ARVs that helps prevent you from getting HIV should your attacker be HIV Positive) at a local emergency clinic. PEP only is effective if begun within 72 hours of the rape.

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.