Spike in HIV among older persons

AIDS officials are desperately trying to find out the reason for the recent spike in HIV cases among older persons within Antigua and Barbuda.

According to AIDS Programme Manager Delcora Williams, the country has seen an increase in the amount of persons over the age of 50 becoming infected with HIV/AIDS since 2015.

Williams said that this trend was observed about two years ago and since then her department has been engaging in outreach programs to ensure that testing is available to persons who fall within the category. She said this is the plan going forward in 2016.

 

The AIDS Programme Manager also pointed out that once a person has tested positive HIV, treatment will be available. 

To date 1100 persons have tested positive for HIV within Antigua and Barbuda with 578 males, 495 females and 27 children. So far 254 persons have died.

 

 

 

 

News Reporter

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