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Tufton calls for responsible sexual behaviour amid rise in HIV infections

Published:Sunday | November 19, 2017 | 1:00 PM

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton is calling for Jamaicans to practise responsible sexual behaviour to prevent new HIV infections.

Tufton's call come against the background of HIV/AIDS Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviour Surveys conducted in 2004, 2008 and 2012 indicating that the factors driving the epidemic have not changed over time.

The surveys show that insufficient condom use and high levels of multiple sex partners are still prevalent among the general population.

The health minister, who was speaking at the media launch of World AIDS Day 2017 on Thursday, said adolescent deaths resulting from HIV infection continue to rise, despite declines among other age groups.

He attributed the increase to developmental, psychological and social factors, which place this group at increased risk of contracting the virus.

Director of Health Promotion and Prevention at the National Family Planning Board (NFPB), Andrea Campbell, discloses that there have been 1,222 new HIV diagnoses in 2017.

She says studies show that the population is aware of the methods of HIV prevention.

However, Campbell says there seems to be a resistance by people to change their risky sexual behaviour.