14 methods of contraceptives!
I was very excited when I was asked for an interview. I have been trying a job for a while and I have not been successful. When I told my parents, they were super excited, but when they asked me about the nature of the job, their excitement suddenly died down! Well can I blame them? Not really I know they worry that this job will be misunderstood in our society.
Basically I have been asked for an interview for the position of an information officer for young people. This sounds noble what is the problem? The problem is that the information these young people come and ask for is about sexual health! About how to avoid pregnancy, how to avoid Sexual Transmitted Infections (STI), how to use contraceptives, and what are contraceptives?! The service also includes counselling for people who are sexually active. This reminded me of a post I read by Natalia long time ago. And I found myself feeling sad thinking about how many young people desperately need this service and have no way of getting this? how many women and men found themselves facing the unimaginable.
Maybe the nature of the topic can shed a light to my excitement, I am rebellious by nature and anything that is considered controversial or taboo is dangerously alluring to me! My friends were amused by the position, making all sorts of jokes, and while I did not expect this reaction, I found myself becoming even more excited about it.
I was very amused walking in the clinic reading the different posters, and looking at the different ads. It is kind of cool how society here is more realistic about the needs of young people. I define myself as a youth worker and I always think of myself as open minded, and non-shockable.
In Jordan we lack sexual education, sex or even masturbation is something that most people do at some point of their lives yet everyone ignores it! I have mentioned before that in our school the teacher skipped the chapter because it is it is considered Rude! (iliet adab!) I really get so irritated whenever I remember this stupid teacher! I mentioned that this chapter was taught just before girls chose Art stream or science stream. Girls in Science stream would study it again at the final year, tawjihi, but girls in Art stream would never know anything about it. So we are talking about generations and generations of wives and mothers who have no idea to avoid getting pregnant. I wonder if this silly woman knows how many lives has she wrecked because of her stupidity?
Now some facts before I go to my class:
a. male condom
b. female condom
c. combined pill
d. progestogen only pill
e. contraceptive injection
f. contraceptive patch
h. intrauterine device (IUD)
i. intrauterine system (IUS)
j. diaphragm with spermicide
k. cap with spermicide
l. female sterilisation
m. male sterilisation (vasectomy)
n. natural family planning
2- Withdrawal is not a method of contraception. There is semen containing sperm present at the tip of the penis as soon as it is erect. And these little bastards are very dangerous because they are very resilient and they can swim!
3- As of December 2003, 334 cumulative cases of AIDS, with 67 deaths, had been reported to the National AIDS Program. according to USAID
4- According to Hind Mango in an article that appeared at Jordan time in 1998 many of Jordan’s AIDS patients are secretly battling the killer virus in a conservative society that has long shunned them. Local doctors supervising victims of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that causes AIDS say many of their patients lead miserable lives because they cannot even tell families of their infection with the global epidemic. The same article quoted Dr. Waleed Sarhan saying: “ we have had some very nasty reactions in the past when an AIDS victim attempted to tell family members,” said psychiatrist Walid Sarhan. “ In one incident, medical staff at a local hospital refused to treat a dying Jordanian AIDS patient who had come from France to see his family. When he went to the hospital to be given the necessary injection, the nurses and doctors panicked and refused to help”.
BE safe, do NOT be a victim, please learn as much as you can.
got to run to class!