POZ Examines How Stigma, Violence Fuel HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Jamaica
August 22, 2007
POZ in its August issue examined how stigma and violence are fueling the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Jamaica. According to POZ, HIV-positive people and men who have sex with men are discriminated against heavily in the country. The Caribbean has the highest HIV prevalence of any region outside sub-Saharan Africa, and Jamaica's prevalence is 1.5% and increasing, POZ reports. AIDS-related illnesses are the leading cause of death among people ages 15 to 44 in the region, according to POZ.
HIV/AIDS advocates are increasing HIV education in an effort to reduce the violence and discrimination. The Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership -- which was launched in 2006 at a summit organized by The Caribbean Broadcast Corporation, Caribbean Broadcasting Union and the Kaiser Family Foundation -- aims to provide accurate information about HIV through the media. CBMP launched LIVE UP earlier this year to encourage and empower youth to learn more about HIV. The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays and other advocacy groups are increasing efforts to reduce attacks against MSM and HIV-positive people, POZ reports (Scott, POZ, August 2007).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.