Starting with World AIDS Day 2016, which is celebrated on December 1, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation is putting initiatives in place to increase its advocacy and support for persons infected and affected by HIV in Jamaica. "Well honey, let's go get tested'". The AIDS Action Committee of MA said work is ongoing to expand HIV prevention programs and to provide those living with the disease with health and wellness services.
"Being silent and not talking about the illness and not getting educated only compounds the problem", said Mincey.
Deb Farrow has been living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, for 16 years.
"We literally could end within 5 to 10 years this entire epidemic if everybody got tested, those who were positive got on medications, and those who were at risk but were HIV negative took prep", Heywood stated.
Basic is funded through state and federal grants and also through some private donations.
"There are over 18 million people now in treatment who no longer have a death sentence", Lewis said.
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They discussed the challenges facing young women regarding new HIV infections and the blesser-blessee phenomenon. She said while her initial reaction was fear, she has since learned to live with the disease.
World AIDS Day was first declared by the World Health Organization and the United Nations General Assembly in 1988. More than 36 million people around the world are living with HIV/AIDS and many communities still struggle to access lifesaving testing and treatment. "Who are we pretending not to see, not to hear, not to be, and not to know? Why?"
Fighting the stigma associated with HIV-AIDS isn't easy, but that doesn't stop people from trying.
According to the health department numbers for HIV and syphilis are on the rise.There are now 626 people in the county living with HIV and those people have all been tested and know their status.
"One of the realities of the HIV virus is that it is a virus that discriminates".