The Ghana Aids Commission have said the emerging lifestyles of young people are to blame for the rising HIV/AIDS infections in the country.
Figures from the commission show that 12,000 people died from HIV related causes in 2020 while 5,000 young people contracted the virus. The data revealed that more women were infected than men.
In an interview on TV3, Director-General of the Commission, Steve Kyeremeh Atuahene, said “young people have adopted new behaviours apart from the Sugar Daddy- Sugar Mummy syndrome, we also have what we call friends with benefit where they will have girlfriends, boyfriends and the idea is that if you sleep with me you’ll have to give me money”.
He also explained that more women in Ghana are into transactional sex; a reason why more women have been infected than men.
“Majority of young women are into transactional sex; that is where they think that whenever they have sex with someone they should get something back, it can be money, it can be a gift, it can be any other thing in exchange for sex”, he explained.
“The other thing is that more and more women are exchanging sex for money on the streets, what we call sex work and that is also quite worrying”, he noted.