Frank discussion of sex, women’s socioeconomic realities needed to address HIV in Jamaica

Date : 30 July 2012

Jamaica's national response to HIV needs to better address the challenges faced by vulnerable persons, according to Sannia Sutherland, the Director of Prevention for Jamaica's National HIV/Sexually Transmitted Infection Programme. Here she highlights how the socioeconomic impact of higher unemployment levels among women can disproportionately affect their ability to practice safer sex. Sannia says many must choose between buying food for their family or buying a condom.

With women and girls (15-24 years old) three times more likely to be HIV-positive than their male counterparts, she believes that the lack of open discussions about sex continues to be a primary barrier to change.

Watch the full interview here.