In 2010, 13 percent of HIV positive pregnant women and two percent of HIV exposed infants did not receive antiretroviral medication in order to prevent transmission. An estimated 15 percent of pregnant women living with HIV continue to elude the programme. Read more about No Jamaican child should be born with HIV
In December 2011, Secretary Clinton delivered a major Human Rights Day address and announced a new Global Equality Fund, leveraging public and private resources to strengthen civil society groups, support advocates, and increase public dialogue. Read more about Announcing the Global Equity Fund
St. Kitts and Nevis is being urged to consider reviewing some of the outdated laws and regulations that contribute toward stigma and discrimination against People Living with HIV. Read more about UN Special Envoy calls for review of discriminatory laws in St. Kitts and Nevis
Migration comes with complications like reduced access to healthcare including HIV prevention, treatment and support. An initiative in the Bahamas aims to reach the Haitian community there by bringing services and information directly to them. Read more about HIV outreach to Haitian community in the Bahamas
Throughout the region, national HIV strategic plans have frequently paid lip service to vulnerable and marginalised groups. But in last year’s Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS, governments acknowledged that these commitments rarely convert into action. Read more about Grants awarded to projects targeting marginalised communities
Thirty years into the HIV response, children living with HIV are experiencing difficulties in accessing dental care. Routine dental care is unavailable because of what appears to be unwillingness by professionals to provide this service to this group of children based on their HIV status. Read more about Children living with HIV deserve health and dental care
UNAIDS welcomes new guidelines for couples on HIV testing and counselling and on offering antiretroviral therapy to people living with HIV in couples to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to their partner
Read more about UNAIDS welcomes new guidelines for couples
Recent research among adolescent girls in Barbados suggests that the absence of condoms may be as much an issue of sexual morality as spontaneity. Condoms contradict the ideals of love and trust in adolescent relationships. Read more about Overcoming condom stigma
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