AIDS Leading Cause of Death for Jamaicans Between Ages 30-34
March 8, 2002
AIDS has become the leading cause of death for Jamaicans aged 30 to 34 years old in part because so many cases go undetected, the prime minister said. In 2001, an average of 11 people a week died of the disease, Jamaica's National HIV/SID Prevention and Control Program said Thursday. In a speech to Parliament on Tuesday, Minister of Health John Junor said that stopping the further spread of HIV demanded new programs and attitudes from both government and society. "We need to examine our attitudes toward the disease and persons who are HIV-positive," Junor said.Adapted from:
The government estimates there are 24,000 cases in the Caribbean country of 2.6 million, but it has registered only 6,088 cases. "This means that thousand of persons are unaware of their HIV-positive status," said Junor, and "are spreading the disease." The government estimates that 83 percent of Jamaicans who are HIV-positive are heterosexual, and that the disease is spread mostly through multiple sex partners.
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.