According to The Gazette, “Cuban health authorities have warned of a dramatic rise in AIDS cases among the young on the island, where there over 1,300 new HIV infections in 2008 and another 1,400 are estimated for this year.”
When I see alarming rates posted on newsites, blogs, and television segments, I always think to myself, “Where are the educational programs, resources, and condoms?” We don’t think these things are appopriate for young adults, yet we steadily see an increase in sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies among young people ages 16-25.
Cubans ages 19 to 24 are at the greatest risk of infection, said Jorge Perez, deputy director of the Tropical Medicine Institute in Havana, warning of the dangers of unprotected sex, the Gazette reports.
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