Harare to host 'must attend' sex exhibition

HARARE - A team of Zimbabwean doctors specialising in supporting vulnerable groups in impoverished communities will hold a two-day sex expo in Harare next month, as it bids to raise awareness around sexual reproductive health and HIV/Aids.

The organisers of the event, Community Health Initiative, said yesterday that the expo would comply with the country’s laws and would have age restrictions.

“We need to change the way we talk about sex to the youth and this platform is meant to do that. Times are changing and we need to approach sex education in a different way, especially for the youth,” Community Health Initiative executive director Ntokozo Msipha told the Daily News On Sunday.

“There will be talk of HIV/ Aids awareness, protection and satisfying sex education. We want people to come and learn about sex and to discover sex in an entertaining way. We know there are regulated products and we are going to do everything as allowed by law,” Msipha added.

The expo comes as Zimbabwe is grappling with the resurgence of sexually transmitted diseases, as well as rising HIV infections among the 15-35 age groups.

Last week, Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa also told HIV/Aids experts that university students were fuelling the spread of HIV. Zimbabwe hafoam estimated 1,4 million people estimated living with HIV, with the youths among the most affected.

Msipha also told the Daily News on Sunday that the expo would have special sessions for the youths, where they would spotlight circumcision, condoms and toys.

He added that they would also hold specific programmes for women, targeting sexual reproductive health, while also exploring bedroom “games”.

“We are going to remodel 50 Shades of Grey in the ladies lounge. There will be whipping so you get a feel of it. There will be pole dancing lessons and workshops just for the ladies,” Msipha said.

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