SVG has the highest number of people living with HIV and AIDS in the Eastern Caribbean

Statistics from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS has revealed that St. Vincent has the highest number of people living with HIV and AIDS in the Eastern Caribbean.

This as the report stated,  that some 800 people are infected with the sexually transmitted disease.

Statistics from the UNAIDS Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS also revealed that more than 500 people are living with HIV / AIDS in Saint Lucia, representing the second highest figure in the Eastern Caribbean.

These findings were revealed by Latin America and Caribbean Regional Support Team Director for UNAIDS Dr. Cesar Nuñez who provided data from the UNAIDS Caribbean Summary of the AIDS epidemic in 2015.

The remaining Eastern Caribbean countries have approximately 150-300 persons living with HIV and two percent of the people living with HIV in the Caribbean reside in the Eastern Caribbean.

St. Kitts and Nevis and Dominica are closest to achieving the 90-90-90 targets, reporting fewer than 20 new HIV infections and fewer than 10 AIDS-related deaths annually over the last five years.

Through the widespread expansion of antiretroviral treatment for mothers living with HIV, there have been dramatic declines in HIV transmission to children.

Cuba led the world by becoming the first country to be validated last year by the World Health Organization as having eliminated this form of HIV transmission.

St. Vincent has made leaps and bounds in the mother to child transmission.

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