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According to the Gleaner today, the Ministry of Health and Environment have revealed that AIDS is the second leading cause of death for youths between the ages of 15 and 24.
"Youth in school and out of school are called upon to champion the cause by example. Schools are no-sex zones and the National HIV/STI Programme (NHP) calls on youth to keep and promote schools as no-sex zones," Rudyard Spencer, minister of health and environment, said in his World AIDS Day message.
90 per cent of persons infected with the disease, got infected while engaging in heterosexual practice. There are some 21 per cent of persons who are infected with the disease did not report high-risk behaviors.
Factors Contributing to the Risk Factor
Early initiation of sexual activity
- Limited life skills and sex education
- Insufficient condom use
- Multiple sex partners
- Stigma and discrimination
- Commercial and transactional sex
- Substance abuse
- Men having sex with men and homophobia
- Gender inequity and gender roles