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Expert warns young of the dangers of promiscuity

The director of the Union of Indonesian Family Planning in Kupang, in East Nusa Tenggara province, has warned young parishioners of the dangers that can occur as a result of engaging in casual sex.

“Casual sex can be called a violation against an individual’s rights since it can result in sexually transmitted diseases, infertility, cancer and unwanted pregnancies that lead to abortions,” Lusia Adinda told about 150 young people from St. Joseph the Worker Church in Penfui at an Aug. 13 seminar on HIV/AIDS at Jesus, Mary and Joseph Chapel.

Lusia, who is also the governor’s wife, referred to a local 2009 survey that revealed that 31 percent of local young people aged 13-21 had had sex and 65 percent of local teenagers knew nothing about reproductive health.

“Engaging in casual sex also increases the risk of HIV/AIDS cases, too,” she added.

The next generation “must say ‘no’ to casual sex, drugs and things which can destroy their lives,” she said.