Jamaica’s Public Health Minister says Caribbean Aims for Zero AIDS Transmission

sida-seropositivosKingston, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) The Caribbean is in a good position to become the first region to reach zero transmission of the HIV/AIDS from mother to child in 2015, Jamaican Public Health Minister Fenton Ferguson said Friday.
"We have made great progress," Ferguson said during an international conference on the topic.

While the Caribbean has the largest prevalence of HIV/AIDS, together with Sub-Saharan Africa, much progress has been made in reducing infection rates in the last 10 years, he said.

In the future, countries in the region will need to be more innovative with their actions to guarantee the sustainability of prevention programs and services for people who are HIV-positive.

Ferguson asked for international support for financing initiatives in the region to fight AIDS.

The UN AIDS program and the World Health Organization estimate that 360,000 people in the Caribbean are HIV-positive in a population of 32 million, an alarming figure.

AIDS is a leading cause of death in the Caribbean, is transmitted chiefly through heterosexual relations between people 15 to 44 years old.

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