Bahamas PM says reduce new infections to contain HIV

Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said the best hope of containing the spread of HIV/AIDS is to reduce the number of new infections.

Ingraham was speaking at the official opening of the 2011 Caribbean HIV Conference in Nassau.

“We must scale up the prevention activities that have proven successful if we are to reverse the AIDS pandemic,” Ingraham said.

The  Bahamian Prime Minister added that while increasing prevention activities, it is essential that organisations continue to provide “treatment and care of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Hubert Ingraham

The Right Honorable Hubert Alexander Ingraham, Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, gives the conference keynote address. Photo Credit: Steve Shapiro/2011 Caribbean HIV Conference

He was high in praise of the work being done in the Bahamas,which has recorded zero Mother to Child Transmission (MCT) in 2010. He also boasted about the survival record of the chain of islands, in which in the recent past at least six children were born with the infection and are all still alive.

“One is currently a student in college, and at least two of the others have produced children of their own.”

“These stories make us feel good, but much work is still ahead.

In 1991 the Bahamas decriminalized homosexuality and is to date the only Caribbean country to sign the Paris Declaration in 1994, which sets global standards for HIV and human rights.

The 2011 Caribbean HIV Conference is being held under the theme “Strengthening Evidence to Achieve Sustainable Action.©

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