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A Project Consultant delivers a lecture on HIV/AIDS to students
What is HIV/AIDS?
HIV, the abbreviation for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is the virus that causes AIDS, or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. The virus is transmitted when the bodily fluids of an infected person are passed to another through sexual intercourse, blood transfusions, needle sharing, or from mother-to-child during pregnancy or breastfeeding. HIV/AIDS attacks and severely weakens the body’s immune system, making an individual more susceptible to infections and less able to fight off these infections.
HIV/AIDS in the world:
In its twenty-five year history, AIDS has claimed the lives of over 25 million people worldwide, and, as of yet, no cure has been found for this disease. According to the 2006 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic, released by UNAIDS (available at http://www.unaids.org/en/HIV_data/2006GlobalReport/default.asp), 38.6 million people around the world were HIV positive at the end of 2005. The Report also notes that the incidence of HIV infection has stabilized around the world, although it has increased in some countries. The epidemic is most severe in Sub-Saharan Africa.
HIV/AIDS in the
According to UNAIDS, the Caribbean is the second-most affected region in the world, and AIDS is said to be the leading cause of death for those aged 15 – 44. In 2005, an estimated 27,000 people died of AIDS in the region.
Guyana is one of the few Caribbean countries
whose HIV/AIDS epidemic has spread beyond specific high-risk groups into the
general population; after Haiti,
In relation to HIV/AIDS, the Project has a number of goals, including the development and adoption of National Guidelines for HIV/AIDS that will encompass the management of patients co-infected with HIV/AIDS and other STI or TB, a strengthened capacity to deliver and sustain the prevention and management of HIV/AIDS, and offering support for Guyana’s National AIDS Programme Secretariat (NAPS). To date, the Project has accomplished the following:
• Training and mentoring on the clinical management of HIV/AIDS
• Collaboration in the development of National Guidelines for HIV/AIDS, which have since been adopted
Developing and implementing a core course for the
Working with the
• Collaboration with the ILO’s “HIV at the Workplace” training program
• Due to requests on the parts of these bodies, educational and training sessions in the area of HIV/AIDS were provided to the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs, the Ministry of Education, the Health Sector Development Unit, UNICEF, and the UNDP
• Collaboration with PAHO on a study of access to health care for commercial sex workers and men who have sex with men, the results of which are being used to update the guidelines for HIV/AIDS treatment
The Project has helped to enhance service delivery in
• Training sessions and workshops delivered on HIV/AIDS have stressed the differential impacts of HIV/AIDS on men and women in order to facilitate more informed counseling interventions
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