Leana is a 16 year-old high school student living in Port of Spain, Trinidad. She is very trendy, and likes to go to out to bars with her friends. She has an older boyfriend Shaka that drives a small bus. Last Saturday, at one of her favorite bars, Leana ran into a girl, Kiara, who grew up in her neighborhood. Kiara talked to Leana and her friends about safe sex and condom use, and did some activities with them.
Leana enjoyed the activities, but didn’t think much about them until later, when her friend Narissa told her that she had gone with Kiara to a clinic to get tested for STIs. Narissa suggested to Leana that she should get tested too. Leana was a bit hesitant to get tested, but when she ran into Kiara at a party a few weeks later, she asked her about getting tested for STIs. Kiara encouraged her to get tested and said that she could take her to the clinic. Kiara even gave her a referral card that she could use at the clinic to access the services for free. Today, Leana and Kiara are going to the clinic together, this is Leana’s first time accessing sexual and reproductive health services.
Leana, Kiara, Narissa and Shaka are all fictional characters, but their story is real. PSI Caribbean (PSI/C), with funding from the German Development Bank (KfW), works with partnering clinics and Behavior Change Communication (BCC) educators to ensure that at-risk populations across the Caribbean, have access to at least four family planning methods, as well as access to other sexual reproductive health services, such as cervical and breast cancer screening.