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AIDS rises in Caribbean

HIV transmissions in the Caribbean have risen significantly in the last seven years, according to the United Nations. The figures have prompted campaigners to call for an end to anti-gay laws in order to access “hard to reach” gay men.

The UNAIDS Caribbean Regional Support Team say the total number of people living with HIV in the Caribbean is now 240,000, representing a nine percent increase between 2001 and 2008.

The website Caribbean360.com quotes Stephen Lewis of AIDS Free World complaining that only six out of 53 Commonwealth nations have repealed anti-gay laws which stigmatise the deadly virus.

Let’s hope that Caribbean and other countries act soon, to prevent thousands of needless deaths as a result of HIV-Aids as well as combating homophobia.

By Lester Holloway

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