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KZN health dept launches ‘Dual Protection’ campaign

03 August 2015 - 12:07 By RDM News Wire

The KwaZulu-Natal health department’s new weapon in the war against Aids and unplanned parenthood is the “Dual Protection” billboard campaign. It will be unveiled by the province’s health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo at the Mangosuthu University of Technology in Umlazi on Tuesday.According to a government statement: “This campaign is poised to enhance the fight against the spread of HIV and Aids infections in the province.”“The Dual Protection approach promotes medical male circumcision and the use of female contraceptive methods such as Implanon – while using condoms during every episode of sexual contact‚” the statement on Monday on said.“This ensures protection against both sexually transmitted infections - including HIV - and unwanted pregnancies.The department said that unplanned pregnancies – 80000 babies are born to teen mothers every year - “contribute significantly to the high drop-out rate at high schools and institutions of tertiary education”."After falling pregnant‚ most of the teen mothers lose a sense of direction in life and also have a much higher chance of dying from pregnancy-related illnesses.”..

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