ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010 The Director of the National Infectious Disease Control Unit (NIDCU) has said that Grenada’s HIV/AIDS situation appears to be stabilized, with no signs of worsening over the past year.
According to Dr. Jessie Henry, the total number of confirmed HIV cases for the year stands at 27.
“In 2007 we had 38 new cases; in 2008 there were 29; and in 2009 and 2010, 27 cases. From a healthcare perspective, this suggests there is some level of stability,’’ Dr. Henry said in an interview. “Having carefully analyzed our data, what I have noticed is that the situation seems to have stabilized.’’
She attributed the decline in HIV/AIDS cases to “greater awareness,’’ saying that “more persons are heeding the message of safe sex, faithfulness and condom use, as well as more persons are coming forward to be tested.’’
In relation to HIV/AIDS-related deaths, the NIDCU director said Grenada recorded its highest number of fatalities in 1993 with 15. In 1995 and 2007, there were 14.
NIDCU data indicates that since the introduction of antiretroviral treatment in 2003, more persons with HIV and AIDS are living longer and continue to be productive citizens.
“Medication and counseling are free, as well as all of the other services offered at the unit. So persons should come forward and know their status, because there is no room for complacency,’’ Dr. Henry said. “We are urging all Grenadians to get tested today.’’
Grenada joined other countries on December 1 in observing “World AIDS Day 2010.’’ “Universal Access and Human Rights” was the theme of the observance.