Providenciales, TCI, December 1, 2016 – It is World Aids Day today and all islands in our archipelago will on Saturday hold a walk a thon to mark the day which started some 28 years ago to remember those lost to and living with HIV/AIDS.
The Caribbean Health Agency said AIDS is most rampant among young adults, “Statistics show that eighty-three percent of reported persons with HIV in the Caribbean are in the 15-54 year age group, with 50 percent of that group being 25-34 years old…this means,” said Dr. James Hospedales, Executive Director at CARPHA that, “the HIV/AIDS epidemic has been moving steadily into younger and younger population groups although significant gains have been made in reducing deaths due to HIV/AIDS mainly through treatment…”
He said Caribbean countries must not lose the ground gained in prevention of mother-to-child transmission, and called on agencies, educators, health organizations and families to continue efforts to sustain and improve the progress which has been achieved.
You can read the full report from CARPHA at our website, MagneticMediaTV.com.
In the TCI, from Monday free HIVAids testing begins.