Haiti Hosts Regional Conference on AIDS


29 de noviembre de 2018, 16:18Port-au-Prince, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) More than 20 Caribbean countries and observers from Switzerland and Kenya are meeting in this capital on Thursday at the regional conference on AIDS.

Among the meeting’s objective is to highlight the need to involve the countries in decision-making to stop the AIDS epidemic in the region, while analyzing the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis, a strategy that aims to protect people at high risk, but who do not systematically use protection.

The event, organized by the International AIDS Society, together with the Gheskio Centers and the Ministry of Public Health and Population of Haiti, complements the meeting held in July in Amsterdam and aims to shape strategies to apply the scientific findings of that meeting in the Caribbean region.

Currently, Latin America and the Caribbean have 2.1 million people who live with AIDS and treatment coverage in 2016 was 58 percent in Latin America and 52 percent in the Caribbean.

In Haiti, the prevalence of HIV/AIDS over the past five years has gone from 2.2 percent to 2 percent, according to latest survey on Mortality, Morbidity and Utilization of Services.

According to the study, 1 percent of people between 15 and 24 years of age are HIV positive, with a slightly higher percentage among women.

The report also points out that HIV prevalence increases with age, and in the age range between 45 and 49 years, the incidence is 4.5 percent, which contrasts with 0.3 percent in adults under 20 years .

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