According to Wikipedia, the ‘Caribbean is the second-most affected region in the world in terms of HIV prevalence rates’ after sub-Saharan Africa. Several factors affects this epidemic, including poverty, gender, sex tourism, and stigma. Additionally, other key important issues for the region include:
- The percentage of people in the Caribbean with suppressed viral loads is well below the global average.
- HIV incidence in the Caribbean declined 49% between 2001 and 2012.
- 11 out of 16 Caribbean countries rely heavily on external funding.
In a regional meeting on HIV/AIDS held in Kingston, Jamaica the PAHO/ WHO Regional advisor on HIV/STI Strategic Information, Dr Monica Alonso, wants the Caribbean to increase the number of people who are receiving treatment by another 100,000 on top of the current 181,000.http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-step-up-hiv-treatment-in-caribbean-paho-advisor-urges_148609?profile=1373