August 9, 2008 Leave a comment
Sex between men, which is prevalent in the Caribbean region, must be decriminalized or AIDS will never be beaten there, experts at an AIDS conference in Mexico City said Thursday.
Participants at the six-day International AIDS Conference, gathering more than 22,000 people, said it was very complicated for men to access AIDS tests and potential treatment in the region with the second highest figure of HIV/AIDS cases worldwide at one percent of the population.The figure represents more than a quarter of a million people and is second only to Sub-saharan Africa.
Many of them are married and have children.
Moreover, some 20 percent of those with HIV in the region, mainly women, contracted the virus through their partner, said Peter Figueroa, director of epidemiology and AIDS for the Jamaican government.
On a rare positive note for the region, he highlighted universal access to AIDS treatment in Cuba.
Source – Carib Net News