Saint Lucia: 500 people living with HIV

Saint Lucia has the second highest number of people living with HIV in the Eastern Caribbean.

That’s according to data presented in the UN Aids Caribbean Summary of the AIDS epidemic in 2015.

According to the summary, Saint Lucia’s number of persons living with the disease is 500 with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines being ahead with 800.

The remaining Eastern Caribbean countries have approximately 150-300 persons living with HIV, UN Aids disclosed.

It noted that St. Kitts and Nevis and Dominica are closest to achieving the 90-90-90 targets, reporting fewer than 20 new HIV infections and fewer than 10 AIDS-related deaths annually over the last five years.

“All the Eastern Caribbean states, with the exception of St Lucia, have virtually eliminated HIV transmission from mothers to children and are currently in the process of being validated by the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO),” the UN Aids report noted.

It stated that 2% of the people living with HIV in the Caribbean reside in the Eastern Caribbean.

World Aids Day will be celebrated on December 1.

In a message to mark the occasion, Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, observed that the world has committed to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Sidibé observed that that countries are getting on the Fast-Track with more than 18 million people being on life-saving HIV treatment.

He said country after country is on track to virtually eliminate HIV transmission from mother to child.

“We are winning against the AIDS epidemic, but we are not seeing progress everywhere,” the UN Aids official stated.

He said the number of new HIV infections is not declining among adults, with young women particularly at risk of becoming infected with HIV.

Sidibé disclosed that coinfections of people living with HIV, such as tuberculosis (TB), cervical cancer and hepatitis C, are at risk of putting the 2020 target of fewer than 500 000 AIDS-related deaths out of reach.

TB caused about a third of AIDS-related deaths in 2015.




  1. Anonymous
    November 30, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    And why did they stop the programme?

  2. Smh
    November 30, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    One thing you’ll always portraying Lucia in the worst light…. Why can’t you’ll keep you’ll business to yourselves….choops….. lang kaka

    1. Anonymous
      November 30, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      More on sex education, in school, and also they need to get some of the H I V patients to speak to the younger ones out there then the message will start getting through

      1. Anonymous
        November 30, 2016 at 6:12 pm

        Good advice, also they can also educate them visually with HIV faces so there will see for themselves what HIV looks like, people has the tendency to respond better when they see images of people dying with HIV. That sure will be a wake-up call!

    2. Anonymous
      November 30, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      I don’t think it was meant to bring negative attention, we need to educate our people in order to keep them safe , but indeed this is very sad !

  3. Blabla
    November 30, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    We like to hide things too much. It is good to notify the nation so some peoole can change their sex behavior

    1. Anonymous
      November 30, 2016 at 7:58 pm

      Well said

  4. Anonymous
    November 30, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    This is only those that regester sure there are much more . since 1989 when i heard about aids and all the warnings people just hard headed living saying when i die cant enjoy life. All they need to do simple have one sex partner and use condoms but they still not value their life and health .

  5. Anonymous
    November 30, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Well thts wht Ull know. Whts about those Ull do not about. hmmmmmmmmmm. Endless stupid men and women leaving their wife at home, going out having unprotected sex. Shame on them.

  6. Anonymous
    November 30, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Idiot this is data the have to be reported

  7. Anonymous
    November 30, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Research analysis assumes that for every case reported , theft, rape, sexual molestation AIds etc there are 10 unreported or documented . Let us do the math in SLU as an example we have 500 documented cases of AIDS….

  8. Anonymous
    November 30, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Now the ministry of health is not doing anything. There maybe 500 registered cases but there are more than 5000 cases. This is serious. These minors from all over the island, who come by the market on a Friday night, be careful. Now I would like st lucians to know that this oral sex females and males you can contract several sexual transmitted diseases. Look it up. Look up too HTLV spreading like fire in st lucia. It cripples you suddenly. It has been there before HIVE. Do your research. Hepatitis is on the increase also. All these cancers we have been having is also linked to sexually transmitted diseases.

  9. Anonymous
    December 1, 2016 at 7:10 am

    It is realy my friends and we can’t sit bavk and fo nothing.. Let us start by first oritecting our selves…then helpi g educate our fellow brotbers and sisters ..we have to start from rhe schools…..

  10. Elvina Marius joseph
    December 1, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Lord have marcy on yr people

  11. Anonymous
    December 5, 2016 at 10:27 am

    AIDS is an acronym and should always be written in capital/upper case letters Any journalist should know this.