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Grenada: New HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Campaign

February 26, 2003

World Bank and Grenadian officials announced Tuesday a campaign to educate Grenadians on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, in hopes of reducing infection rates by half and mortality rates by 40 percent in the next five years. Funded by the World Bank, the $7.2 million Eastern Caribbean campaign focuses on safe sex and the use of condoms, as well as encouraging testing and treatment, said Patricio Marquez, head of the bank's AIDS program in the Caribbean. Prime Minister Keith Mitchell said that about 1 percent of Grenada's 100,000 citizens has been diagnosed with HIV, with most patients under age 44. "The real impact is not known because we do not know how many unreported cases there are," said Mitchell. Grenadian officials have diagnosed 218 HIV-infected patients since the first reported case in 1984.

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Adapted from:
Associated Press
02.25.03



  
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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.
 

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