Recent studies suggest that HIV infection rates among 15-19 yearold females in Trinidad are six (6) times those of males of the same age. (UNGASS, 2008) Concurrent, transactional relationships are believed to be an important driver of the epidemic. Although there is no accurate estimate of the number of concurrent partners, current data from St Lucia (similar sexual behaviours) show that females 16 to 24 years have an average of 10.6 sexual partners over 12 months. The data also indicates that males 45 to 49 years account for the majority of new HIV infections while a 2007 qualitative study in Trinidad reported that young girls prefer to have sexual relationships with older men.
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