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Dominica reports increased HIV/AIDS cases


first_img 244 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Dominica reports increased HIV/AIDS cases by: – July 8, 2014 Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share Coordinator of the National Response Program for HIV/AIDS, Julie FramptonThe Ministry of Health Tuesday reported that there were fifteen new cases of HIV/AIDS on the island in 2013.Coordinator of the National Response Program for HIV/AIDS, Julie Frampton, has revealed that since the first HIV/AIDS case was reported here in 1987, there were four hundred and ten (410) cumulative cases at the end of 2013.“We have a male-dominated epidemic with over seventy percent of cases being male. So the 410, from 1987 up to end of 2013, doesn’t mean that all those people are alive,” Nurse Frampton said. The age group most affected by HIV/AIDS is 25-49. Moreover, Nurse Frampton reported that almost every year more males have been testing positive. “Last year we had fifteen new cases and ten of them were males”. “What is interesting though, about our new cases now, we see the older age group, out of the 15 of last year, 14 of them were over 30,” she said.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Helen RoyerSpeaking at the start of a stakeholder consultation meeting for Dominica’s National Strategic plan for HIV/AIDS for 2015-2019 on July 8, 2014, Nurse Frampton said participants should consider whether the correct people are being targeted, “or should we shift our focus, or are the older age group like me saying we’re safe and what it is we need to do address that”. The two-day consultation being held at the Flamboyant Hotel in Roseau, seeks to sensitize stakeholders on the HIV/AIDS strategic plan and mitigate the negative impacts of HIV/AIDS in Dominica. Meanwhile, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health, Helen Royer said the existence of HIV/AIDS cannot be underestimated as it poses a “serious challenge to humankind as to date there is neither a vaccine, nor a cure for HIV/AIDS”.“We cannot sit idle by thinking that it’s not our business because HIV/AIDS is a human developmental problem fueled by many factors”.“In Dominica, we also have reasons to be concerned as we have over four hundred and ten infected persons at the end of 2013,” Mrs Royer stated. She added that the Ministry of Health realizes that this is very important and it needs to ensure that there are strategic directions to deal with the problem since the majority of persons infected come from the productive age group of 25 to 49.“The Ministry of Health realizes that for outstanding success, a multi-stage process would be required and before implementing, all stakeholders must be sensitized to the strategic plan, hence your presence today,” Mrs Royer said.She further stated, “I am confident that this strategic plan will serve as a framework for our practice in Dominica and will provide answers to the many of your questions”. The national plan she noted must be “owned” by all stakeholders and “more importantly” must be implemented.The Caribbean has the second highest incident of HIV/AIDS in the Americas, and the size of the epidemic is second only to that of the sub Saharan Africa.According to the 2005 assessment survey, there were approximately three hundred and fifty thousand to five hundred and ninety thousand people living with HIV/AIDS who come from the region. It further notes that seventy-nine percent of people living with HIV are from Haiti and the Dominican Republic. AIDS is now the leading cause of death among 15 – 45 year olds in the Caribbean.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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