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A young man who is not married is called a bachelor. A young woman who is not married is called a spinster. Before men and women get married, they often get involved in a special friendship or relationship. During this time, they get to know each other better, talk about their future as well as meet each other friends and family.

Some unmarried couples also engage in pre-marital sex. Pre-marital sex is when men and women have sexual intercourse before they are married. This can lead to pregnancy and a number of diseases

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)/Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)/Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) are diseases that are spread by engaging in sexual activities.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

It is a virus that destroys parts of the white blood cells. These white blood cells is the body’s disease fighting immune system, or body soldiers. When the virus attacks the white blood cells, the body becomes weak and open to all diseases. When a person has HIV, they are said to be HIV positive. HIV causes AIDS, which means Acquired Immunodefficiency Syndrome. It is the final life threatening stage of HIV infection. This is the stage of HIV when one is highly susceptible to infections which the natural immune system would ordinarily combat and defeat.

Sexual Behaviours that Promotes STDs/STIs

  • Multiple sex partners
  • Commercial sex workers (prostitution)

Responsible Sexual Behaviours

Sexual behaviours that can prevent the spread of sexually transmitted unfections are:

  • Being faithful to one sexual partner.
  • Avoid pre-marital sex.
  • Use of protective devices such as condoms.
  • Avoid pornographic pictures that can arouse the body.

Values Relevant to Responsible Sexual Behaviours

  • Discipline
  • Faithfulness
  • Honesty
  • Fear of God
  • Tolerance
  • Resistance
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