URIDU Health Family Work

Why should I be especially careful with older men?

Some girls are attracted to older men. Going with an older man may seem very exciting, especially if he is well known or important in your community, or if he has money and can buy things. In some places a man who buys his girlfriend many presents is called a ‘Sugar Daddy’.

Often a girl who goes with an older man ends up feeling she was used for sex or treated badly, especially if the man is married or has other women.

Sometimes an older man can make a young woman feel more pressured to have sex than boys her own age can, especially if he has power over her.

In many communities, more young women and girls are getting infected with HIV than any other group of people. There is more risk for girls who have sex with older men, because older men have usually had more chances to become infected with HIV. But it can happen with a man of any age.