Getting tested ‘not easy’

WHILE there are mixed views among young people on getting tested for HIV, a women’s advocate is charging that the law contributes to their attitudes towards sexual activity.

Yesterday, the NATION spoke to students from the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology (SJPI) and University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus, to hear their views on getting tested for HIV.

This was against the background of the most recent study by the HIV/AIDS Commission done in 2016 and 2017, which showed that people between the ages of 15 and 49 years were using condoms less, and more were refusing to get tested for HIV.

Of the 1 255 people surveyed, only 33.9 per cent got tested, while 57.3 per cent refused to use condoms with their regular partner or non-regular partners because they did not deem it necessary.

The previous survey in 2013/2014 showed 40 per cent of the participants got tested, while 54 per cent did not use protection.

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