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“Instead we ask them to treat their anxiety and adopt a healthy lifestyle.” Often, another forbidden subject comes up in the discussions — homosexuality, which is demonised as a deviant sexual behaviour, prohibited in Islam.
An oft repeated query from callers is: “Is there a cure for homosexuality?
“I was unable to talk about my problems to my mother or my sister,” 21-year-old Rayhana told AFP at one such clinic in Kabul.
“But here I can talk openly.” Among other things, the call centre and clinics seek to warn young Afghans about the dangers of sex addiction, unprotected intercourse and Viagra abuse.
“Young men call to talk about issues ranging from masturbation to premature ejaculation,” Shahed told AFP.
“And young women call to discuss contraception, broken hymens and the fear of facing their wedding night.” Afghanistan’s growing youth population — the 9/11 generation, as it is known — is often torn between modernity and tradition, between their sexual cravings and their desire to be religious puritans.The voice on the other end of the line was soothing, professional and reassuring: “Dear brother, don’t be embarrassed. We’ll help you find a solution without potency pills.” In Afghanistan’s conservative, highly gender-segregated society discussing sexual problems publicly is not just culturally frowned upon but can easily be misconstrued as a sign of perversion.But the country’s youth have found a non-judgmental friend in a government helpline that offers advice on taboo subjects — from ways to perk up virility to erectile dysfunction and even homosexuality.Once you've completed the questionnaire, you will receive your FREE Personality Profile and at that time, our matching system will begin pre-screening gay or lesbian singles against your profile.Once matched, review your matches, and choose the payment plan you prefer.They are not alone.” The Afghan health ministry also set up “youth friendly” clinics in the Afghan capital last year, which offer face-to-face sessions with counsellors on subjects including sex.