CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News UpdateJAMAICA: Jamaica Slashes HIV/AIDS Deaths
November 27, 2012
Jamaica Observer (Kingston) (11.26.12)
According to Jamaica’s Health Minister Dr. Fenton Ferguson, while the Caribbean region has achieved a 42 percent reduction in AIDS deaths between 2005 and 2011, Jamaica has seen an even greater reduction of up to 50 percent in the number of individuals who have died from HIV/AIDS since the beginning of public access to antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) in 2004. In his address November 25 during the World AIDS Day service at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in Allman Town, Kingston, Ferguson noted “333 deaths (197 males and 136 females) were reported in 2010 compared with 665 in 2004. This represents a 50 percent decrease in AIDS deaths since the inception of universal access to ARVs in 2004 and a 46 percent decrease when compared to 2000 (617).” The church service marks the official beginning of Jamaica’s observance of World AIDS Day, which will also include an event in National Heroes’ Park in Kingston on November 30 that will feature HIV and syphilis testing.