From January 2023 until the end of September, 15 persons have died as a result of AIDS-related illnesses in Saint Lucia.
That’s according to Senior Medical Officer Dr. Gail Gajadhar in a message to mark World AIDS Day.
“In 2023, the early 21st century, no one should be dying as a result of AIDS in Saint Lucia,” Gajadhar asserted.
The senior Health Ministry official explained that deaths from AIDS-related illnesses occur due to late-stage diagnosis or people not accepting that they have HIV.
However, Gajadhar observed that Saint Lucia had transitioned from not having any medication to managing HIV to anti-retroviral therapy, that is, HIV treatment, available and free of cost to the patient.
In addition, she disclosed that a 15-minute screening test could determine whether an individual may have HIV.
Her complete World Aids Day message appears below: