Jamaican young people should be using condoms

An educator in Jamaica wants to see young people use condoms to stop the spread of HIV and Aids.

Virginia Albert-Poyotte, coordinator of the Castries-based Education International, told the Jamaica Observer the issue is serious and requires innovative policies.

She added individuals need to be shown how to use condoms and it is up to the authorities to come up with effective legislation in this area.

After attending a workshop on the topic, Ms Albert-Poyotte believes research and policy development are the two most important aspects of the fight against HIV and Aids.

"As a result of their evaluation they have decided that they need to give priority to research to ensure they have their data correct, which they will use to develop policy," she said.

It comes after a study in the US found half of men have the human papillomavirus, which can lead to cervical cancer in women.

The findings highlight the need to wear a condom during sex.