September 8, 2005
Antigua and Barbuda's Health Minister said he is concerned about the nation's high number of HIV/AIDS cases. John Maginley said his ministry's goal is to reduce the incidence of HIV and other STD among people ages 15-44 by 10 percent by 2014.
Since 1985, Antigua and Barbuda have recorded 502 HIV cases. While the epidemic was initially mostly among males, the male to female ratio in 2002 was 1:4, said Maginley. During the last five years, the number of people living with HIV has increased two-fold. Some 59 percent and 57 percent of cumulative male and female cases respectively were reported in the same period.
Maginley noted that his ministry is working with the Caribbean Epidemiology Center to conduct an anonymous, unlinked seroprevalence survey of pregnant women attending antenatal clinics.