Bipolar disease and risky sexual behaviour among young females


Recently, a young female of school-going age confided in me and it was so revealing and touching. She said movingly, “I have bipolar disease. I can’t tell if I am ok now or not. I have had multiple sexual encounters with men.”

“I make money from the practice. I and my friends roam the streets of Accra every night. We have had unprotected group sex many times. Even my parents benefited from the proceeds of my unsafe sexual escapades”.

Indeed, risky or unsafe sexual behaviour, especially among people who are not mentally stable is a matter of concern for families in particular and society as a whole.

Many empirical studies among female populations with bipolar disease found that the manic (hyperactive or overexcited) episodes of the disease compel female patients to engage in risky sexual activities.

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