|Dr Stamps endorses traditional virginity tests|
|Saturday, 15 September 2012 23:39|
Sunday Mail Reporter
Health Advisor in the Office of the President and Cabinet Dr Timothy Stamps has urged youths to abstain
from premarital sex,saying abstinence is an effective tool in the fight against HIV and Aids.
Speaking at the end of a virginity testing exercise at Guta raMwari (GRM) church in Harare yesterday, Dr Stamps said virginity testing was commendable as it promoted self-respect.
“The HIV and Aids pandemic can only be abolished 100 percent by abstinence. Seasonal virginity testing is not a 60 percent way of preventing HIV and Aids, but 100 percent proven way as it promotes self-preservation that promotes sexual intercourse to happen after one is married and with only one partner for life,” said Dr Stamps, who is a former Health and Child Welfare minister.
“I encourage the youth of Zimbabwe to practise abstinence and encourage them to bear in mind that abstinence does not benefit themselves only but their families as well.
Speaking at the same occasion, GRM spokesperson Evangelist Gift Makawa said many youths were passing the virginity tests each year.
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“It is of great pleasure that more youths are passing the tests each year as this year over 50 youths, both male and female, passed compared to last year’s 40.”
Youths between the ages of 13 years to the early 20s are eligible for the voluntary exercise, which is overseen by church elders. Yesterday’s ceremony coincided with a health awareness campaign that included free cancer, blood pressure and diabetes testing.