TRINIDAD: School children test positive for HIV

At least five primary school students have tested positive for the HIV virus and several others have engaged in sexual activities “willingly” Parliamentarians here have been told.

Appearing before a Joint Select Committee (JSC) of Parliament on Wednesday, officials from the Ministries of Education and Health confirmed that the five students, aged seven to 11, and including three girls were receiving treatment.

“They will remain in the system unless their health factors should warrant that they should be removed,” said Guidance Officer in Ministry of Education Darlene Smith, noting that the ministry believes in inclusive education and they should be treated in the same manner as other students.

Addressing the JSC on the incidence of sexually transmit­ted diseases (STDs), specialist medical officer Dr Aruna Divakaruni said a significant number of school-aged children had sought the services of the Queen’s Park Counselling Centre.

“Most of them are school children. They have older partners. Most of the time they are abused by stepfathers or a brother or cousin or somebody like that,” she said, adding “others engaged in sexual activity willingly”.

The JSC was told that despite school children ­engaging in sexual activity and being at risk for various STDs, the Ministry of Health has been meeting with resistance from schools and parents regarding the teaching of sexual education by qualified medical professionals. (CMC)

52 Responses to TRINIDAD: School children test positive for HIV

  1. ch February 16, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Hold up! A child CANNOT engage in sexual activities ” willingly” with an adult.
    A child cannot legally consent to sex because a child does not have the mental/ emotional capacity to understand the consequences no matter how physically developed he or she appears to be.
    It is always at the coercion or manipulation of an adult and it is always an act of rape when an adult has sex with a minor.
    Straight.

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  2. Lisa Moore
    Lisa Moore February 16, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Wow

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  3. Ashey Johnson
    Ashey Johnson February 16, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Probably Inhereted From Parents .. Sad Tbh

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    • Melissa Aspirations Christophis
      Melissa Aspirations Christophis February 16, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Much better theory.x

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    • Cassy Clarke
      Cassy Clarke February 16, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      Rubbish! The mother would have been tested for hiv when pregnant. If the child was born with it they would know.

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    • Julia Marlene
      Julia Marlene February 16, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      Yeah probably from the mother during normal delivery. A C section is the safest way if mother is HIV positive but if she wasn’t tested then it’s a high chance she will pass it on to baby.

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    • Julia Marlene
      Julia Marlene February 16, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      Cassy Clarke not every woman goes to their doctors when they’re pregnant, they may not be able to afford it so they wait n give birth to the baby.

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    • Maria Leclair Dasilva
      Maria Leclair Dasilva February 16, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      It clearly states most of them have older partners while some are being.molested by step fathers, brothers etc. There is no question it is being spread by way of intercourse.

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    • Pat BB
      Pat BB February 16, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      Julia Marlene, it is mandatory for pregnant women to b tested and it is FREE

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  4. Maria Leclair Dasilva
    Maria Leclair Dasilva February 16, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    These children are having sex willingly with adults? If this is this case, it is a good example of how children are being molested and nothing is being done. No different in Barbados. Be interesting to see some HIV/AIDS stats for Bim. Perhaps they are so shocking they are not talked about.

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    • Maria Leclair Dasilva
      Maria Leclair Dasilva February 16, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      Apparently you are since your are the one who asked as stupid question.

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    • Lisa De Souza
      Lisa De Souza February 16, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      The news piece is from Trinidad, not Barbados.

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    • Maria Leclair Dasilva
      Maria Leclair Dasilva February 16, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      Thanks Lisa De Souza, I am aware of the fact it did not take place in Barbados, my comment indicates this.

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    • Lisa De Souza
      Lisa De Souza February 16, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      Yes, I know but in this instance this incident occurred in Trinidad and has made the news throughout the Caribbean. It’s not a matter of telling and proving whether it happens in Barbados or not.

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      • Marva February 16, 2017 at 4:34 pm

        Lisa De Souza, I think it is important to find out what our (Barbados) circumstances are , so we can discuss and take action , if warranted to alleviate the situation.
        The region often display similar features in these soci-economic / health matters.
        Let us not bury our heads in the sand or for whatever reason fail to confront the situation, grim or good. Predators are out there… visit the bus stands or where young people gather and listen and observe the going ons. Cases of abuse in Barbados are still ignored as the girl deserves it or likes too much money or man. Let education and create change Lisa!!!

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  5. Janelle Alleyne
    Janelle Alleyne February 16, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    I figure if any of the cases were about the kids getting it from the parents,they would have mentioned that but they just spoke about sex,where some of the kids had sex willingly,which i dont understand,how can a minor give consent,the adult should know better,big hard back nasty rashole men,want fucking poisoning or dicks cut off

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    • Marva February 16, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      Lisa De Souza, I think it is important to find out what our (Barbados) circumstances are , so we can discuss and take action , if warranted to alleviate the situation.
      The region often display similar features in these soci-economic / health matters.
      Let us not bury our heads in the sand or for whatever reason fail to confront the situation, grim or good. Predators are out there… visit the bus stands or where young people gather and listen and observe the going ons. Cases of abuse in Barbados are still ignored as the girl deserves it or likes too much money or man. Let education and create change Lisa!!!

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  6. Carol Marshall
    Carol Marshall February 16, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Irresponsible speaking/writing! Tell me again how a child has sex “willingly” with an adult?? Is this no longer illegal????

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    • Melissa Aspirations Christophis
      Melissa Aspirations Christophis February 16, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      She is just dumb saying that. Really.

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    • Kathy-Ann St Hill-St Lawrence
      Kathy-Ann St Hill-St Lawrence February 16, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      Very well said!! How are you going to refer to the ” adult” that molests a child as their “partner”???????

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    • Nicole AJ Hope-Wiltshire
      Nicole AJ Hope-Wiltshire February 16, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      Unbelievable. I’m still here trying to understand how willingly is the word being used instead of molestation.

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      • Ken R. February 17, 2017 at 3:09 pm

        I have read the article directly from the Trinidad Newsday, and the word “willingly” never appeared in it.Today’s papers further went on to say that the five students all contracted the HIV virus at birth.

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    • Maria Leclair Dasilva
      Maria Leclair Dasilva February 16, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      Kathy-Ann St Hill-St Lawrence, doesn’t that just blow your mind…..

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    • Marva February 16, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      The legal age of consent in Trinidad differs from Barbados’. Recent articles speak to the discussions going on there regarding child marriages with some religions seeing it as their right to marry a ‘pre-teen”. 16 is our age here. but there people are saying their freedom to practise their religion by marrying, what we here would call a minor, is being infringed.
      That may be at the root of people saying the children do it willingly because the age of consent says they can consent. Look it up , people.

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  7. Maria Leclair Dasilva
    Maria Leclair Dasilva February 16, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    This article shows the sickness of the adults. How they condone rape, child molestation etc. Children are still being used as sex slaves. This problem is most prevalent in the Caribbean where many people don’t blink an eye. This behaviour is the result as to why, when the female tourist in Bim was upset about her ordeal many Bajans took it with a grain of salt, many insulted her and played down the idea of rape. The mentality has not changed very much when it comes to sexual violations against woman and children, even men and boy’s have to endure it as well. There is still the old mentality of “you deserve it”. We need to educate and stop this behaviour. We need to get tough on laws to protect and stop victimisation. We need citizens to rally for justice. Change will only come about if citizens push for it.

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  8. Maria Leclair Dasilva
    Maria Leclair Dasilva February 16, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    The perpetrators, parents and any adult who knows a sexual offence has taken place needs to come forward or face the consequences of being charged, if it is found out they knew and did not disclose/file a complaint.

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  9. Lisa De Souza
    Lisa De Souza February 16, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    They are children and it is illegal, so there should never have been the use of the word “willingly.”

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  10. Hazelanne Lewis
    Hazelanne Lewis February 16, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    With the way they see adults behave and the films parents play in their home. Also access to mobiles where they can see anything they like. It gives them ideas. They only act out what they see the adults doing.

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  11. Gail Agard Wallace
    Gail Agard Wallace February 16, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    The first thing I want to know ,is who tested these kids? Who gave them permission? Was it done at school or elsewhere? This is a weird story. Did I Miss something?

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  12. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar February 16, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    I am shocked and baffled as to how a situation like this can exist, where children at the primary stage of their lives are engaging in sexual activity undetected. This is extremely serious, since the full development of these children are impeded by gross irresponsible behaviour of lunatics , who should be put away. Children are our future and nothing should stand in their way in reaching full maturity. I hope the authorities would launch a full investigation into this untenable situation, and bring the lunatics to justice.

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    • Maria Leclair Dasilva
      Maria Leclair Dasilva February 16, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      Don’t be fooled, the adults and authority knows exactly what is taking place, they choose to ignore it so parents can use their children as prostitutes, just like in Thailand and all the other poverty stricken places where men want children to satisfy their sick needs and parents want money. This is nothing new and gets worse as the years go by. Barbados is not exempt to this type of behaviour. There is no doubt it is happening right on that little island where people preach to God and pretend they are on the up and up while they sell their souls. Makes me sick!

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    • Hunte Omar
      Hunte Omar February 16, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      Catherine Meiklem You are so correct.

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  13. Joy February 16, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Maria Leclair Dasilva if its one thing that Barbados has got right is reducing HIV/AIDS transmission. Barbados was the first county in the world (that includes the USA and Europe) to achieve 0 mother to child transmission of HIV.
    Not a single child has been born with HIV in Barbados for many years.
    Free medication is available to treat persons with HIV and the rest of the world is now trying to play catch up.
    We are not perfect but please don’t buy in to pulling down Barbados every chance you get.

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  14. Nikita Peters
    Nikita Peters February 16, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    TRUE. They don’t have the understanding. The adults that they engaged with “willingly” should all be arrested and asses charged. PRIMARY SCHOOL stage. This is sick

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  15. Sonia Small
    Sonia Small February 16, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    WHAT WHAT WHAT?

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  16. Sonia Small
    Sonia Small February 16, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    PARENTS TRULLY NEED TO BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR KIDS

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  17. Pat BB
    Pat BB February 16, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    If they were Secondary School children ppl would b crying them down saying the worse things, not realizing that it starts at Primary School level, ppl r ignorant to the fact….
    I don’t k what nobody says, children r molested from a very young age by their own family members, alotta Mothers know and r doing nothing….sickening!!

    Pedophiles needs to b castrated once found out.

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  18. Ki Mur
    Ki Mur February 16, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Judith Knights

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  19. Judith Knights
    Judith Knights February 16, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    This is sad.. Primary school children are no older than 12 years old. How can a parent not know that her daughter is sexually active. What happen to checking your daughters underwear….bring back the Ole time days…pleeeeeeeeeease.

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  20. Juliet Bennett
    Juliet Bennett February 16, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    This is awful. First and foremost, someone needs to educate this doctor and the ministry. A child cannot engage is sexual activities willingly or have adult partners. This is sexual abuse, rape, molestation. As they round up the children for treatment, they need to round up the pedophiles for prosecution.

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  21. Sonia Trotman
    Sonia Trotman February 16, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Omg.some body want gailing

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  22. Destiny Pa Jack
    Destiny Pa Jack February 16, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Sad

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  23. miche February 16, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    A child at seven ,Engaged in sexual activity willingly”.That is total madness.That child was misled,beguiled ,,,by an adult whom they trusted.and innocently obeyed their elder as was taught,thinking it was ok…the person responsible is in jail I hope

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  24. Alex Alleyne February 16, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    These “adults” are the ones that should be put in JAIL for a long time to make sure they become “another man’s girl friend”. If anyone can enjoy SEX with a person of the ages listed in this article, then they need to have their head(s) check,,,,, “top and bottom”. No matter which Island/Country they are from. ITS NO’T RIGHT.

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  25. Alex Alleyne February 16, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    @Julia Marlene, if any woman is unable to get “Prenatal Care” because of lack of funds , then they should bear in mind that a “CONDOM” cost less.
    An ‘ole saying “before you lay down , know how you getting up”.

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  26. Ejd February 17, 2017 at 6:46 am

    The word willing is in inverted commas which shows that the writer is aware that the child cannot participate willingly.

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  27. Allison Hall February 17, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    This should not shock us. Once men continue to hold economic power over women, Once men continue to be socialized in the idea that women are possessions, objects of sex and can be bought or beaten into submission. They would have no qualms in thinking that anyone in their house hold that is dependent on their support or money is theirs for the sampling.

    The mothers, this is the way they get to eat,keep a roof over their heads. For some it’s to maintain the status quo in society. This goes on at all levels of society. And let us not pretend it’s not prevalent in Barbados too for we are just as good at turning a blind eye

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  28. jrsmith February 20, 2017 at 7:00 am

    We have bunch of nasty black men / men who should be put in prison for rape..
    These kids need to be questioned severely and arrest the dirty men.
    How could anyone lay claims that kids , 5 to 11 were willing ……
    The issue ,the people who make the laws , people who enforces the laws is most cases are the ones who is covering up , because they are all at it…
    All around the world in christian countries. this nasty behaviour is taking place ,on our young children , not only little girls but little boys and kids who is mentally ill, in large church groups , members of the judiciary, members of parliaments, in the media of television, radio all are at it………. some government are burning files to cover up and protect certain people…sad , sad , sad…….

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  29. MIIB February 22, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Unfortunately I read the article elsewhere.

    It was acquired at birth due to not receiving adequate post/pre birth care as the transmission of the virus is preventable. Not through molestation as implied by the article which was obviosly plagiarised from the skip in the back somewhere.

    Hey, I have a brilliant idea, why not give them some community service on top of the diagnosis to boot?

    Seems to have found merit amongst some of our people in dealing with our missing young girls rather than seeing it as a scream for help. Maybe you need something more visual, a dash of self harming, suicide ideations, more challenging behaviour etc as we promote victim blaming, institutionalising our troubled daughters whilst the offenders move on to the next young virgin to deflower.

    I even saw in the post about missing teenager found, some Einstein was even implying how they dress, look, things they want along those lines etc and that is suffice enough for our young ladies to be sexually exploited? Lion with there lioness cubs be careful. Lend out mercy and it aint come back yet.

    You should be shot on sight and any grown mature man/female harbouring these fiendish thoughts.

    We have a generation that thinks carnal abuse and statutory rape by those in authority for material gain is the fault of the youth. It is illegal and some of you harbour this mentality secretly. Hiding behind avatars and fibre optic cables gets you brave.

    MIIB

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