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Drug addiction in teens

Many more youth get addicted to drugs because they are easily accessible

Many more youth get addicted to drugs because they are easily accessible

Many teenagers are increasingly getting addicted to marijuana, oblivious to the danger it poses. Elizabeth Namazzi and Pascal Kwesiga found out why some teenagers find it hard to let go of the notorious leaf 

Rogers Twinomugenyi 18, scored 15 points in last year’s Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) examinations. Sadly, he might not continue with his education due to marijuana addiction. “I can only say that I am going to university with hope, but there is nothing to show that I can make it,” he says.

Addicted at a tender age
Twinomugenyi, who lives in a slum in Kamwokya, Kampala, blames his addiction on the environment he lives in. “This society is permissive. Children start living on their own as early as six years. Our parents are marijuana smokers too and we have no role models,” he says.
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houseJohn Ssentuya who studied up to Senior 2, because of no school fees, is one person who has mastered the art of living on a tight budget.
He used to survive on a budget of sh50,000 a month, until he could not make ends meet.
When his parents failed to pay his school fees, he had lost all hope, but had to look for another alternative.
At 22 years of age, he joined Namanve pottery in 2005 where he earned sh50,000 a month.
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NewVision

NewVision

Dear Counselor, I am 24 and still a virgin. My peers tell me I have a problem! Is there anything wrong with being a virgin at that age? 

Hanifa
Counselor’s response
Dear Hanifa,
Peer pressure and what we watch on TV and on the Internet can have a great influence and make it more difficult to abstain from sex.
It appears like everybody else is having sex and some end up doing it for the sake of being accepted as girlfriends or boyfriends.

Complete abstinence does not involve sexual contact. It also saves one from the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases (gonorrhea, HIV, chlamydia, syphilis or genital warts) and dealing with unwanted pregnancies. There is nothing wrong with being a virgin.

Most people who start sexual life when still young do not give chance for their feelings to grow. Later, their sex life overpowers the need to be lovers. Most of them end up being flickers of love (jumpy).
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Sex: Women want it too

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Women are bolder than they were in the past about sex

A friend of mine recently told me that she has no desire to ever marry. She said the only thing she really needs from a man is sex, and that she doesn’t find ultimate fulfillment in relationships. More and more women are becoming open about their sexuality. They think about sex, and yes surf porn sites just as much as the regular bloke.

Which begs the question: do women want as much sex as men? It has long been believed that men want and need sex more than women do, but when it boils down to it, this isn’t always true. Bees do it, birds do it and men do it all the time, just because they can. Women do it too, just because they can.

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newvision

newvision

Dear Counsellor,

My girlfriend and I have been together for four years. When our relationship was young, we used to talk on phone for hours and text each other all day.

We were so much in love and everything seemed great. I am 27 years old and she is 23. She is a Muslim, while I am a Christian.

Recently, she told me a Muslim family friend had visited her mother, proposing that my girlfriend gets married to him. The man is a Muslim and has just returned from abroad.

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Young people are defined as those aged 10 to 24 years. This group includes adolescents aged between 10 and 19 years as well as youth aged from 15 to 24 years. It is in this age range that most young people begin to actively explore their sexuality and, therefore, require sexual and reproductive health information and services.

Although young people have sexual and reproductive health rights, society has in most cases ignored this aspect, often perceiving them as “young” in the sense that they do not, or should not even have any sexual reproductive health needs at all. Evidence shows us that the sexual and reproductive health rights of young people are important and should be made a priority.

Ignoring the sexual and reproductive health rights of young people will not stop them from having sex or even early pregnancies. Similarly, it does not imply that they are too young to make reproductive health decisions. On almost daily basis, we see young people making reproductive health decisions. Unfortunately, many times these decisions are based on ignorance and lack of information. For instance, the fact that in Uganda one in four teenage girls (24 per cent) has had a baby or is pregnant shows that teenage girls are sexually active. Denying them their rights to reproductive health information and services, including family planning, is wrong.

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Help stop teenage pregnancy now

Young people are defined as those aged 10 to 24 years. This group includes adolescents aged between 10 and 19 years as well as youth aged from 15 to 24 years. It is in this age range that most young people begin to actively explore their sexuality and, therefore, require sexual and reproductive health information and services.

Although young people have sexual and reproductive health rights, society has in most cases ignored this aspect, often perceiving them as “young” in the sense that they do not, or should not even have any sexual reproductive health needs at all. Evidence shows us that the sexual and reproductive health rights of young people are important and should be made a priority.

Ignoring the sexual and reproductive health rights of young people will not stop them from having sex or even early pregnancies. Similarly, it does not imply that they are too young to make reproductive health decisions. On almost daily basis, we see young people making reproductive health decisions. Unfortunately, many times these decisions are based on ignorance and lack of information. For instance, the fact that in Uganda one in four teenage girls (24 per cent) has had a baby or is pregnant shows that teenage girls are sexually active. Denying them their rights to reproductive health information and services, including family planning, is wrong.

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