Monday, July 12, 2004

Ja: How about abstinence?

THE first of 12 condom-dispensing machines was last Friday commissioned in Montego Bay, one of several resort areas recording high rates of HIV/AIDS infection.

It was installed last Friday in a male bathroom at the Margaritaville entertainment complex on Gloucester Avenue.

According to Ruth Jankee of the National AIDS Committee in the Ministry of Health, the move to install condom-dispensing machines in St James was driven by the accelerating rate of HIV/AIDS infection in the parish, which continues to lead the rest of the country in the number of reported cases.

"Twelve to 13 people die of AIDS each week in Jamaica. And it is affecting the age group between 20 and 40, because 50 per cent of that population is infected with HIV/AIDS," Jankee added.
The Ugandan model works best. ABC.


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