Former AIDS Programme Coordinator Releases “Free to Be Sexually Safe”

Montserrat’s former coordinator of HIV/AIDS Anjella Skerritt has published her first book Free to Be Sexually Safe: Empowered to Be Aware and Take Action at All Ages.

Anjella Skerritt, MBA, a native of Jamaica, is a registered nurse, midwife, and family nurse practitioner who, has worked extensively in sexual and reproductive health. She managed the national HIV program in Montserrat where she lives and worked with related regional and international public health agencies. She also does volunteer work with NGOs.

The book, published on the iUniverse platform, provides tools to have the tough conversations about sex that many still find it hard to have with themselves and others.

Mrs. Skerritt, a registered nurse, midwife, and family nurse practitioner who has worked extensively in sexual and reproductive health, says “Parents are reluctant to talk honestly and openly about sex with their children; sexually active adults are reluctant to communicate honestly about their sexual history; and teens and adolescents pay the price imposed by this pervasive culture of shame, anxiety, and secrecy. It’s time to peel away the embarrassment and start a new conversation.”

Information is power,” Skerritt says and “by learning to talk honestly and openly about sex, you gain power over your life as a sexual being, and you give power to your children’s future sexual safety and happiness. Sex and sexuality are intensely private matters, but there shouldn’t be secrets between lovers, and there shouldn’t be shame when a parent discusses sex with his or her children.

In Free to Be Sexually Safe, tools are provided to start conversations about anatomy, safety, myths and taboos, urban legends, religion, and more.

Sex is a natural, healthy part of life. By accepting the challenge to change the way you think and talk about sex, by taking full responsibility for your decisions and actions, and by extending respect to—and expecting respect from—your partners, you can change or save lives,” the author adds.

Free to Be Sexually Safe is 124 pages and is available on and

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