'Teens don't like condoms'

A study revealed that most teenagers in Gauteng prefer unsafe sex.

A study revealed that most teenagers in Gauteng prefer unsafe sex.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Department of Social Development found that most teenagers in Gauteng have admitted to preferring unsafe sex.

Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza was briefing the media on its study entitled, "Factors associated with teenage pregnancy in Gauteng province".

The study which is part of a national survey was conducted over five weeks at schools.

Sello Mokoena, the MEC's spokesperson, spoke to Talk at Nine about the reasons why teenagers don't like condoms and why the high level of teenage pregnancy.

The MEC said he was shocked and concerned about the findings because they "expect children to finish school and became assets to society."

Mokoena said, "Given the context of HIV/AIDS and other related diseases it's shocking that teens aren't using appropriate methods to prevent these diseases."

He described the reasons for teenage pregnancy as cultural and socio-economic.

Mokoena added teenagers seek love and fall pregnant and sometimes they want to free themselves from parental control.

Asked how they would deal with this, the MEC said it would be expensive to deal with it but everyone would have to "come to the table".

"We need to tap into good values to try and make teens act appropriately by approaching religion and positive messages from culture."

More than 500 pupils between the ages of 13 and 18 filled in questionnaires, and 19 focus groups, consisting of 10 to 12 pupils, were formed.

The Department of Basic Education estimated that 94,000 schoolgirls became pregnant during 2011.

Earlier this year, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi lambasted older men who lured girls into having sex for money.

He said girls were four to eight times more likely to be infected with HIV than boys of the same age.

Omitted in this discussion, however, is the issue of multiple sexual partners, which has been topping the national agenda. Drugs in schools, alcohol and absenteeism could also be among key contributors to this problem.