Five primary school pupils were found to be infected with HIV in 2016 in Trinidad and Tobago. Two boys, aged eight and 11, and three girls, aged seven, nine and ten, are currently receiving treatment ­according to a report from the Ministry of Education. Officials say a significant number of school-aged children had sought counselling services for STDs. Most of them are school children with older partners. Most of the time they are abused by stepfathers or a brother or cousin, others engaged in sexual activity willingly. But despite school children ­engaging in sexual activity and being at risk for various STDs, the Ministry of Health says it has been meeting with resistance from schools and parents regarding the teaching of sexual education by qualified medical professionals.

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