More 14 to 29 year olds contracting HIV

Health authorities are recording a troubling rise in new HIV cases among 14 to 29 year olds, one official revealed today.

In an address at an HIV seminar for men aged 50 or over and their sons, Reverend Hughson Inniss said officials were concerned about those in the most productive age group, particular young men.

Reverend Hughson Inniss
Reverend Hughson Inniss

“We still have a big problem in the 14 to 29 age group; that is the future and that is of grave concern,” Inniss later told Barbados TODAY on the fringes of the seminar at the Accra Hotel.

“The majority is leaning on the male side, one time it used to be other way around but more males now,” he added.

Inniss, a former Honorary Treasurer of the Barbados Family Planning Association, said people were not using the necessary protection to prevent the spread of the disease, and he urged men in particular to “step up and take responsibility for their actions, because if each one takes responsible we going to be able to turn it around”.

However, Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development Steve Blackett spoke of the overall decline in the number of transmission.

Blackett pointed to the elimination of the mother-to-child transmission and the “wide scale distribution of the antiretrovirals there are now available across the board to all persons who are afflicted”.    

“We have seen an overall reduction,” the minister reiterated.

Source: (KB)

5 Responses to More 14 to 29 year olds contracting HIV

  1. Ashanda Coward
    Ashanda Coward July 21, 2016 at 6:18 am

    You dont know the reason for this for men hmmmm nuff of dem cant keep one woman and then they are those who are gay and secretly hiding it and they then dont know who the outside lover dealing. Mmmm

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  2. Smiley July 21, 2016 at 8:38 am

    No self control and filthy habits .Faults hope in condoms that are not 100percent safe. Selfishness ,not satisfied with one partner.lust of the flesh and pride of life .Run Run as fast as you can,aids will catch you when it’s all said and done.

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  3. clint July 21, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Not dismissing the notion that men may have become more promiscuous, one runs the risk of contracting hiv ,sexually, only when one has unprotected sex with someone carrying the virus.

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  4. harry turnover July 21, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    @ Ashanda……..and NUFF women can’t keep one man either…. it goes both ways maam for every time a man has sex with a woman that is not his…. it MEANS that the man is not hers’ either.

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  5. BoboTheClown July 21, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    SOME OF THESE YOUNG MEN ARE NOT ADHERING TO THE FACT THAT UNPROTECTED SEX IS NOT ONLY DANGEROUS ,BUT HAS BECOME FATAL TO QUITE A FEW.
    SOME FEEL THAT THEY CAN BOX WITHOUT GLOVES. THEY FEEL THEY ARE LESS EFFECTIVE IN THEIR QUEST TO LAND A GOOD SHOT WITH GLOVES ON, SO WHEN THE FINAL BELL RINGS ,AND THE EVERYONE BECOMES SOBER AGAIN ,COMBATANTS REALIZE THE DAMAGE HAS BEEN EQUALLY SHARED. RESULT ,THEY WERE NO WINNERS ,JUST TWO LOSERS.

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