The Public Is Being Urged To Get Tested For HIV/AIDS

As St Vincent and the Grenadines battles to control the spread of HIV and AIDS the country is partnering with regional organizations of a major HIV testing campaign next week.

The Regional HIV Testing Day 2015, scheduled for next Friday is being organized in collaboration with the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership, Scotia Bank and the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) for the initiative.

It’s aimed at increasing public participation in voluntary counseling and testing which officials say is critical in preventing the spread of HIV and to reduce stigma and discrimination of the disease.

Ferosa Roache – the Director of the HIV-AIDS Unit in the Ministry of Health – is encouraging the public to get tested.

St Vincent and the Grenadines has recorded thirty new cases of HIV up to May this year, with the majority of cases recorded among men.
Experts say early intervention in HIV infection would mean that one can live a longer, healthier and more productive life.