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30% of teens having sex without contraceptives, Health Minister worried

Published:Saturday | August 31, 2013 | 8:39 AM

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson has expressed concern about the rate of adolescent pregnancies in Jamaica.



Fergusons says the data is showing that the rate is 18 per cent, and he says that is too high, adding that the data collected also show that 30 per cent of Jamaican youths who have sex for the first time do not use contraceptives.



The health minister says the figures are of concern as work by the ministry is showing that girls aged 10-19 years are three times as likely as boys in the same cohort to become infected with HIV.



Ferguson says his ministry will be strengthening its efforts to address the sexual and reproductive health needs of young people.



He was speaking at inter-ministerial meeting on adolescent sexual reproductive health this week.



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