As countries observe December 1 as World AIDS Day, Health Minister Moses Jn Baptiste has disclosed that Saint Lucia recorded 8 AIDS-related deaths between January and October 31, 2022.
And as of September 30, 2022, 917 persons were living with HIV on the Island.
Jn Baptiste revealed that of that number, 298 were in care actively collecting HIV medication, 56% male and 44% female.
In a message to mark World AIDS Day, the Vieux Fort North MP observed that HIV medication, also known as an anti-retroviral treatment, is freely available to all people with HIV from all pharmacies that distribute HIV medication.
“Any person living with HIV can get their doctor’s visits, monitoring tests, and other necessary medications from within the Public System without any cost to them,” the Health Minister noted.
He explained that people could access public services within the Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinics by calling to make an appointment or doing an emergency walk-in.
“There is help. Please access that help and let medical professionals help you to have a better quality of life if you have become infected,” Jn Baptiste advised.
“A finger-prick, a Rapid HIV test, and 15 minutes is all it takes to find out whether you may or may not have HIV,” he stated, adding that it was a free service.
” In addition to this service being available at the Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinics, you may access Rapid HIV testing services in all eight health regions in Saint Lucia. Medication to prevent the transmission of HIV called PrEP, also known as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, is also available, free of charge to the recipient, Jn Baptiste said.
And he asserted that Saint Lucia had come a very long way since diagnosing its first known case of HIV in 1985.
“We have moved from no treatment for HIV to being able to treat all persons living with HIV in Saint Lucia,” the Minister declared.
aa…all dat going on in slu?? so many ppl with hiv??? wi muh muh……
Women need to stop sleeping with every Tom Dick and Harry for slot machine money. Men need to stop leaving their wives at home and going after rats. If both parties respected their individual partners there would be no aids. Goes for gay couples too.
Wow, Aids is still around killing people in Lucia. Thought was covid. Then again the same man that got the treatment for Aids is behind the vaccine for covid. Can we see Fauci in this picture (•‿•)(•‿•)
Eight alone ! They are acting like there is cure for Aids and HIV like smallpox’s and it was vanished off the face of the earth many moons ago. When did this happen…did I miss something ??
As with ALL sexual encounters, act responsibly and make a commitment to someone, and not just sleep with anybody, as a lot of Lucians do. Casual sex is of no benefit to anyone. And if you must go and sleep around, use a condom to prevent not only HIV but all STIs. Lucians act like there’s no tomorrow, no consequences when it comes to irresponsible sex – well guess what; Fatherless children, female infertility, death from AIDS, homicides and domestic violence due to jealousy over unfaithful partners etc. Think about it men and women of Sent Lisi, it just ain’t worth it, and y’all be happier knowing that a trusting, stable relationship with one person is better for yourselves, and for the country as a whole. Not a bible reader but Sodom and Gomorrah…
Wow ….St. Lucians believe that adultery and pro·mis·cu·ous behavior is cute. In their ignorance and lack of education they also believe that cheecheemaa can cure everything….,….they are going no where fast.
Start publishing Aids death and infections. Lucians are loose. Both men and women sallop in that place. When one have a man so many girls trying to sleep with that same man. The men sleep around like there is no tommorow. You all too dirty and some of u even have aids too and trying to sleep with other people. Better tell them of the law that make passing on HIV illegal. If u do that in other countries you get exposed and taken to court and jailed.
It’s a competition for some women, yet they want “respect”. Y’all better start respecting yourselves first ie earn respect and then maybe you’ll be treated well not just thought of as a piece of meat.
I agree it’s a competition for some to sleep with someone’s man. And others the men themselves rapists but hard back and hard head women think because they would rush to have sex with that man because they think he looks nice that other girls would think like them. Not everybody gives a flying fk about if a man handsome or have money or big ride. Nt because a whore would wait outside a mans workplace or rush to get in a man car to get a chance to have sex with a man mean all girls are like that. The good looking women don’t have to dog after men. And because these men are used to rats and women chasing them, they end up feeling entitled to sex from all girls. As if all lucia have alone is rats. Be smart, if she wanted to be a piece of meat the word respect would not be in her vocabulary. She would be okay with being meat and used to it. You suggesting that any girl requesting respect if intimacy is involved is asking for something they shouldn’t. Yes, I can tell you’re one of those older women who just like to hate attractive young girls or an older man whose done something non- consensual to someone already and you covering tracks. some girls do want respect and operate with self-respect but a lot of men get away with shate like rape in saint Lucia because a lot of women rather break down a young girl they find is competition than find a man that wants only them or hold men, especially men they know, accountable for bad actions. Projecting sexual behavior on a girl just because she is attractive is very indicative of the low IQs 758 is known for worldwide. There’s a lot of abuse going on and a lot of adults, especially women, in their ignorance, vice and jealous mindset that allow it to happen.
And yes, start publishing the penalties for sleeping with someone without disclosing diseases AND the punishment of those slandering people suggesting they have diseases out of jealousy. If the person can take a test and the result shows negative, that trash talker has to pay a hefty fine or go to jail. Cardi B had to show them what’s up. If it’s not fending off men here it’s jealous women spreading lies about you because a man or men want you. People sick in the heart and mind yo, it’s not even funny