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‘More to do’ despite HIV progress


‘More to do’ despite HIV progress

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DESPITE MAKING significant progress in fighting HIV/AIDS, an expert says misinformation, and the attendant stigma and discrimination, continue to be major hurdles in Barbados, preventing those most in need from seeking help.

Professor Clive Landis, deputy principal of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, said the stumbling blocks threatened the island’s ability to achieve all the targets set by UNAIDS.

The UN agency has set 2020 as the goal for 90 per cent of all people living with HIV to know their HIV status, 90 per cent of all people diagnosed with the virus to receive sustained antiretroviral therapy, and 90 per cent of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy to have viral suppression.

“In the whole [United States] population you have 28 per cent viral suppression (when antiretroviral therapy reduces a person’s viral load to an undetectable level). (WILLCOMM)

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