Coming full circle with HIV/AIDS … Region urged to repeal buggery law

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by Andy Liburd
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (CMC) – Two and a half decades after it was branded “the gay plague” AIDS is again taking a toll on certain vulnerable groups within the Caribbean Community (Caricom), one of them being men who have sex with men.

Globally, homosexual and bi-sexual males are 19 times as likely to contract HIV than the rest of the population and data released at the 8th Annual General Meeting of the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) in October show that in this part of the world, the HIV prevalence among that group is very high.

While data was not available for every member country, the available statistics showed the Bahamas with a prevalence rate of

8.2 per cent in 2007;
Cuba – 5.2 per cent in 1988 and 0.86 per cent in 2007;
Guyana – 21 per cent in 2006 and Jamaica – from 9.6 per cent in 1988 to 31.8 per cent in 2007.
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Author: GLBTQ Jamaica Moderator

Activist and concerned gay man in Jamaica with over 19 years experience in advocacy and HIV/AIDS prevention work, LGBT DJ since 1996.

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