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Director of Enabling Environment and Human Rights at the National Family Planning Board, NFPB, Karlene Temple Anderson, is raising concern about that the number of newly diagnosed HIV infections among young people in Jamaica.

Mrs. Anderson was addressing a meeting of the Justices of the Peace of St. Andrew, where they discussed the Board’s Champion for Change campaign, targeting the issue of stigma and discrimination against persons living with HIV. 

Mahiri Stewart has the details:


According to Karlene Temple-Anderson, young people account for many of the new cases of HIV. 

In 2021, 749 newly diagnosed HIV cases were reported to the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

Of that number, 23% were females in the 15 to 24 age group, while 25% were males in the 30 to 39 age group.

Mrs. Temple-Anderson says the matter of parental consent for medical care for children with HIV is also a challenging issue.

She notes that it’s important for medical practitioners to have parental consent before offering reproductive treatment to children. 

The Director of Enabling Environment and Human Rights at the National Family Planning Board, notes that the prevalence rate of HIV in the country is 1.4% as stigma and discrimination are still rampant.

Meanwhile, one of the Ambassadors for the NFPB’s Champion for Change campaign, Joan Stephen, is encouraging the use of social media to influence children into healthy sexual practices. 

Ms. Stephens has been living with HIV for years and has been working with children to promote positive lifestyles.

Joan Stephen, an Ambassador for theNational Family Planning Board’s Champion for Change campaign.