The Caribbean Steps Up HIV/AIDS Testing

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Caribbean Governments Step Up Fight On HIV/AIDS

Basseterre, Saint Kitts – Nevis
June 20, 2008 (SKNIS)

The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) in collaboration with The Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV/AIDS, Scotia Bank and the National AIDS Secretariat, Ministry of Health, have joined forces in hosting a National HIV Testing Day to coincide with International HIV Testing Day.

Regional Testing Day, Friday, June 27 2008, provides another unique opportunity to advance universal access to HIV prevention services in the Caribbean and further, to help reduce stigma and discrimination.

The objective of this special initiative is to heighten public interest in Voluntary Counselling and Testing as an effective mechanism for preventing the spread of HIV infection, and further, to help reduce stigma and discrimination.

The general public is asked to be apart of this drive by joining thousands of individuals regionally and internationally who recognizing the worth in knowing their status, will be tested on that day.

Additionally, this is also an opportunity for providing early intervention to persons who may test positive by accessing the free anti- retroviral drugs available in the Federation, thus drastically slowing down the progress of the disease.

There will be on that day:

  • Same day results
  • Counseling sessions by qualified and confidential counselors
  • Dental dam demonstrations
  • Female and male condom demonstrations
  • Male condom contest
  • Incentive gift packages and lots more

Date:  Friday June 27, 2008

Time:  10:00 am- 6:00 pm

Venue:  Princes Street

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