Trinidad Express Newspapers (10.24.2013)
Aids Weekly Plus
The Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV AIDS (PANCAP), which met October 21–23 at Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, reported that annual HIV incidence had decreased across the Caribbean. Accomplishments also included improved access to HIV treatment and care, and progress that was likely to eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission in the region. The PANCAP Global Fund Round 9 Grant and the US Agency for International Development funded the meeting of national AIDS program managers, senior health officials, and HIV/AIDS regional partners.
Although the Caribbean saw a decline in HIV stigma, meeting participants noted ongoing stigma and discrimination in the health sector. The post-meeting communique advocated reinforcement of health sector confidentiality practice and recommended sharing HIV information for teens and young adults through “open acknowledgement and discussion of sex and sexuality.”
The communique cited the PANCAP Justice for All Program as a means for accessing high-risk individuals who faced discrimination in their daily lives. Future PANCAP regional goals also included providing universal access to lifelong HIV treatment and ensuring quality of care and treatment adherence.