Fletcher, Horace M.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Child Health
HIV in Jamaica: Are We Being Alarmist?
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
The article is an editorial which discusses the prevalence of HIV in Jamaica. The Caribbean has the highest prevalence of HIV after Sub-Saharan Africa. This is closely linked to Haiti which is said to have the highest prevalence in the region. Guyana also has a problem, especially in high risk groups, which is also linked to the Caribbean. HIV has been used to stigmatize groups of people, based on ethnicity, sexual preferences and country of origin. People have written about the Sub-Sahara and the Caribbean with regards to high HIV rates, sometimes unfairly using high risk groups to support their points. This has affected our society on all levels and should therefore be taken into consideration. The Caribbean people need to make sure that they do not become alarmist and cause further harm to the economy. As such, individual countries need to give more balanced reports about HIV prevalence in the region and not link themselves unnecessarily with countries with which they have no contact.....