Minister of Health, John Boyce (right), greets Mission Director for USAID Eastern and Southern Caribbean, Christopher Cushing. Looking on is (second from left) Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Laura Griesmer, and Project Director of the Health Policy Project, Dr Suneeta Sharma.
Barbados has been seeing a decline in the annual rate of new HIV cases.
That is according to Minister of Health, John Boyce, who explained that this is due to the expanded use of anti-retroviral therapy (ART). Moreover, he noted that this country has also begun to decentralise HIV services and offer HIV diagnostic and treatment services outside of the HIV Programme.
His comments came yesterday morning at the Accra Beach Hotel, where stakeholders working in the region to fight HIV/AIDS gathered for the End of Project Event for the Health Policy Project Caribbean Regional Programme, which was aimed at understanding the dimensions of HIV-related stigma and discrimination in health care facilities in the Caribbean.
Minister Boyce said that the estimated prevalence among persons aged 15 to 49 is 1.2 per cent of the population, as he further noted that since the first diagnosis in 198...