Increased focus needed on HIV combination prevention – CARICOM SG
Given the increasing number of infections in the Caribbean, there was need for increased focus on combination prevention of HIV, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, said.
While the Caribbean Region continues to see increased numbers of persons being placed on treatment, 52 percent in 2016 compared to less than 5 percent in 2001, the recent 2015 UNAIDS Prevention Report highlights an increase in new infection in the Caribbean. This is a cause for concern given that the 2014 UNAIDS Global AIDS Report lauded the Caribbean for achieving the sharpest regional reduction in HIV incidence by 49 percent. This calls for increased focus to be placed on combination prevention of HIV,” the Secretary-General said in a message to mark World AIDS Day, 1 December, 2016.
In his message, Ambassador LaRocque also referred to the decreasing external donor funding for HIV/AIDS and called for the intensification of efforts to increase national HIV investment and prioritise policies and activities aimed at HIV prevention.
Please see full text of the message: Secretary-General’s-world-aids-day-message-2016