Every Saturday, 20 young Moroccans meet in Rabat’s El Youssoufia neighborhood to learn about sex and sexuality. The meeting is organized by OPALS Maroc, a nonprofit fighting the spread of HIV and AIDS in Morocco. Photo by Ella Feldman.
Last updated December 2019.
RABAT, Morocco — Like many Moroccan teenagers might, 16-year-old Boutaina Gouzden and her friends spent a recent Saturday morning taking an online quiz. But rather than inquire about favorite colors and dream vacations, this quiz asked questions like, “Is it risky to kiss my partner lovingly if they are HIV-positive?”
When that question was projected on the white screen before her, Gouzden shot her hand up immediately, a proud smile spreading across her face.