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Press Release

The AIDS Institute Supports Efforts Recognizing National Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

June 8, 2012

Tampla, Fla. -- Observing its seventh year on June 8, 2012, the National Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NCAHAAD) symbolizes a nationwide HIV/AIDS mobilization initiative designed to encourage Caribbean Americans to get involved, educated, tested, and if necessary, treated for HIV.

The 2010 UNAIDS Progress Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic states that in the Caribbean region nearly a quarter million people, or 1 in 100, are HIV positive. This is the highest prevalence of HIV infection outside of sub-Saharan Africa. While the rate of HIV infection appears to be slowing, nearly 17,000 newly identified infections and 12,000 AIDS-related deaths still occur each year.

Immigration and temporary migration from the Caribbean to the United States remains a significant contributing factor to the spread of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Mobility is a common element among Caribbean cultures, which complicates the continuity of HIV/AIDS care with services, family living structure, and stigma associated with HIV infection.

"In recent years, HIV infections continue to spread among women and girls, creating specific challenges that need to be addressed collectively," comments The AIDS Institute's Director of Education and Capacity Building Assistance Services, Michelle Scavnicky. "The AIDS Institute continues to emphasize increased awareness and HIV/AIDS education for Caribbean women and girls, as this group represents the majority of HIV infections and is at greatest risk for sexually acquired infection," continues Scavnicky.

Caribbean People International Collective, Inc., leads the collaborative effort, while partnering with local, regional, and national organizations to spread the word and fight against HIV/AIDS among the Caribbean population. For more information about the awareness campaign, visit www.caribbeanhealthaidsday.com.



  
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This article was provided by The AIDS Institute. Visit The AIDS Institute's web site to find out more about their activities and publications.
 
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