Observing World AIDS Day

Tomorrow, St. Vincent and the Grenadines will join the rest of the World in observing World Aids Day.

The National HIV and AIDs Secretariat within the Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment – will be hosting a march and rally throughout capital city Kingstown as part of their contribution, to mark the event.

Under the theme “Hands Up For HIV Prevention”-Take The Challenge End Aids” – Countries from across the globe will come together to observe World Aids Day, which is being held annually on December 1st.

Azonya Vanloo, Assistant to the Director of the National HIV and AIDS Secretariat within the Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment, said there has been an accumulated total of 1,504 persons from 1984 to date – who have been infected with HIV, adding that there have been a number of new cases.

Ms. Vanloo highlighted that persons between the age of 15 and 49 have been mostly affected by the virus. In reference to preventative measures, Ms. Vanloo said that condom use and abstinence, have both been strongly advocated.

Additionally, Ms. Vanloo explained that the HIV and AIDS Secretariat hopes to put measures in place for persons who knowingly spread the disease.