That corner of the world which was once believed to be the breeding ground for AIDS, now seems to be recovering, at least one of them is. Jamaica, it has been reported has seen a significant reduction of up to 50 per cent in the number of people who have died from HIV/AIDS since the introduction of public access to anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs in 2004.
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Fenton Ferguson, the Health Minister of the country in his address during the National World AIDS Day service at St Matthew's Anglican Church in Allman Town, Kingston, said, “"Three hundred and thirty-three deaths (197 males and 136 females) were reported in 2010 compared to 665 in 2004. This represents a 50 per cent decrease in AIDS deaths since the inception of universal access to ARV in 2004 and a 46 per cent decrease when compared to 2000 (617)," He also mentioned that efforts to meet the new 2015 targets under the 2011 political declaration on HIV/AIIDS, that has reduction in the HIV through sexual intercourse and drugs injection in its agenda has been made, it also includes access to treatment, reduction of tuberculosis-related deaths in people living with HIV and the elimination of new HIV infection among children. The Jamaican minister had also appealed to the people to help contribute to the mission of Zero New Infection, by getting tested.
We can only hope that the coming years will see AIDS being driven out from the country, lets wish good riddance to this life threatening disease as soon as possible.
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