Project X party: Response from National Aids Control Council
SEE ALSO :‘Youth’ suffering the most from HIVThe NACC strongly discourages any such parties, functions or events that provide a fertile ground for participants to engage in activities that not only fuel HIV infection and other sexually transmitted infections, but also ruins their overall character and the ability to lead responsible lives. The council therefore strongly supports the position taken by the Kenya Police Service in banning the planned Project X Party and any other similar events. While NACC does not dictate how adults exercise their sexual freedom, it is important to point out that the freedom should be exercised responsibly and within the law, without putting people (and especially children, adolescents and young people) at risk of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections; and promoting behaviour that is geared towards ruining their lives. Therefore the NACC strongly advises that all people including adolescents and the youth to keep off such events and activities. “Weed” and other illegal drugs do not make anybody more attractive, intelligent or successful in life – they actually cause dependence and destroy a person’s life, making the person not attain his/her full potential in life. Girls and boys (and even adults) who are “stoned”, end up either very badly hurt or possibly dead. The NACC and her partners continue to support access to a diverse package of interventions geared towards protecting people from HIV and other related infections by guaranteeing ease of access to the interventions within health facilities and the community across the country. Any person at risk of exposure to HIV and other related infections is encouraged to seek the services available. The NACC wishes to inform Adolescent and Young people to seek for concrete and proper information on matters HIV from the NACC website (www.nacc.or.ke).