Brazil to Give Caribbean Islands Antiretroviral Drugs in Support of Their Fight Against HIV/AIDS
April 26, 2005
The Caribbean Community announced on Monday that Brazil has pledged to give antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) to patients in nine eastern Caribbean nations. ARVs will be provided for 500 AIDS patients in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The countries are all members of the subregional Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.
Brazil made the pledge following a meeting earlier this month between Caribbean officials and Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva and the nation's Health Minister Humberto Costa. Officials were unable to specify when the ARVs would be supplied. However, Brazil and the community are meeting in May to sign an HIV/AIDS technical assistance agreement.
In the Caribbean, 2.4 percent of the population, or some 500,000 people, have HIV, a rate surpassed only by sub-Saharan Africa. The Caribbean figure excludes Cuba, where testing and prevention programs have kept rates of infection relatively low.
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.