UNAIDS deletes reference to high local HIV figures

UNAIDS has issued a revised summary of the AIDS epidemic in the Caribbean, omitting previously mentioned figures relating to Saint Lucia and other Eastern Caribbean countries.

In a previous statement issued recently, the organization had published figures in its Caribbean summary of the AIDS epidemic in 2015 indicating that Saint Lucia had the second highest number of people living with HIV in the Eastern Caribbean – 500.

UNAIDS  had said that Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was ahead  of Saint Lucia with 800 cases of the disease.

The figures, which were published by the Times, generated some controversy with local Health Officials raising questions about them.

However in a December 9, 2016, ‘key’ addendum to its previous summary, UNAIDS omits all references to the figures it had originally published.

Instead, the organization declared that all Eastern Caribbean countries have sustained a high antenatal coverage and delivery of services for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

“The Ministers of Health should be congratulated for this effort as the sub-region is well on track to eliminating vertical transmission of HIV,” the addendum said.

World AIDS day was observed on December 1, 2016.

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