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What’s Trending:STI’s on the rise

What’s Trending:STI’s on the rise

Sat, May 26, 2012 - 10:39 AM

The Nation’s Online Editor Carol Martindale looks at What’s Trending today in Barbados.

Sex and related infections are on the mouths of readers this morning.

The talk comes on the heels of today's story that there are increasing numbers of Barbadians between 15 and 29 years old who are being diagnosed with the sexually transmitted infections (STI) chlamydia and gonorrhoea. According to the report, the majority of them are females.

These are some of the comments posted so far:

Conchita Moseley: “Should young women/men continue to sleep around unprotected the following diseases could be contracted at any time - AIDS, HIV, STD, VD, genital herpes, genital warts, gonorrhea, herpes, herpes simplex, ….We are responsible for our health and the old folks always said, "PREVENTION" is better than "CURE". Sleeping around unprotected is a risky these days.”

Rae-Rae Bossy –Baddy: “Women are more susceptible to contract it from men whom are engaging in sex with other men and then coming home to their wives and girlfriends.”

Lea Bullock: “It means that men are not going to get tested.”

Jo LeGall: “How is that surprising that the majority are females? Do you know how some men in Bim like to mess around? Not surprising to me. Probably a handful of infected guys sleeping with a ton of conquests who think they are the "only" girlfriend. My body, my rules. Birth control AND a condom if I ever decide to let anyone go there. If a ton of women are being diagnosed with STIs then just imagine how many kids are out there too. Wonder if they know that chlamydia causes blindness in babies.”

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Posted by ronda kelp 2 years, 5 months ago
I agree that the statistics make it look like young women are the ones responsible for spreading those diseases (but that would be a very 'non-analytical' perception). The probability is that when it comes to personal bodily issues and health....the majority of men do not pay close attention and worse....they listen to their very 'wise gentlemen' friends who give them horrible and dangerous advice. If more men would pay attention to pain in the lower regions along with deep coloured, smelly and clumpy urine (that they may attribute to their beer or rum drinking).....they would rush themselves to the clinics to get tested. That being done, there is a high probability that this statistic would be a more real representative of (std) disease transmission among the population.

As for the age-range.....I can imagine the older folks sitting back and cursing this young generation for spreading diseases etc.....but the same people age.....they don't feel it necessary to get tests and early treatment for what they have...until it might be too late. These diseases are also very rampant among older people (30 and beyond) but kept under wraps for various reasons.

Also....a lot of 'clean cut' people are out there who won't go get a screening because they don't want people to know or they ensure that they get their tests done abroad. This would also be a factor affecting the reality of the situation.

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Posted by c holder 2 years, 5 months ago
Both women and men in our society have multiple partners and engage in high-risk behavior.
Women are susceptible to any man who is infected regardless of his orientation.
Women are at greater risk for infection because of the anatomy of their genital region.
Younger women are even moreso because of the immaturity of their cervix (the lower end or "neck" of the womb) and immaturity of their immune or defence system.
Young people do not lack education- they lack a sense of reality, responsibility and morality and are encouraged by a culture saturated by sex 24-7.
Our youth are also targeted and exploited by perverted, older adults.
Especially young girls who are emotionally and economically needy.
So, 13- and 14- year olds are mothers but the adult fathers are not charged with statutory rape.
Some parents encourage minor girls to sleep and live with their sons in their homes with no thought to their well-being or their future.
Some others prostitute their own daughters to older men for material gain.
But many of our young women are simply victims of themselves and their own choices.
It is time for them to do better because they know better and stop creating these statistics.

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Posted by RICHARD power 2 years, 5 months ago
Trust! me! because it shows a large amount of women being infected it doesn't mean that the women are highly promiscuous. The women trust their men too much! Oh! God if you women only knew I feel for you women so much! A lot of men in Barbados are living double lives! Women protect yourselves! Thats all I can tell ya! Use protection! If your not married use protection! You are playing a dangerous game if you don't! Most men know when they are infected! It takes women a little while to know. I thank God that I have a woman that must have put a spell on me because
she is all I want and see my every desire is her in every way!I trust her in all things. I avoid situations for potential temptations. Protect! Yourselves! You have been warned!
Never mind the sweet talk, I know whats going on. I have learned a lot on this subject and not on purpose! Its not the women s fault. The same way that ya buy ya lingerie ya better pick ya men the same way! Pick sense from that statement. Peace to all.

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