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50% increase in new HIV cases reported in VI- Levons-Clarke

30% of new HIV cases over age of 60
Coordinator of the National AIDS Programme, Mrs Noelene Levons-Clarke said there has been a 50% increase in new cases of HIV reported in the Virgin Islands (VI) over the last year and that 30 percent were over the age of 60. Photo: VINO
Acting Governor Mrs V. Inez Archibald thanked the HIV/AIDS Foundation for its noble efforts and said there was much wisdom in the multi-sector approach to its fundraising as no entity could do it alone. Photo: VINO
Acting Governor Mrs V. Inez Archibald thanked the HIV/AIDS Foundation for its noble efforts and said there was much wisdom in the multi-sector approach to its fundraising as no entity could do it alone. Photo: VINO
Balloons were released into the air as a sign of remembrance for the 38 who have succumbed to AIDS related illnesses in the VI and persons were asked to whisper a prayer for the deceased on releasing the balloons at Government House. Photo: VINO
Balloons were released into the air as a sign of remembrance for the 38 who have succumbed to AIDS related illnesses in the VI and persons were asked to whisper a prayer for the deceased on releasing the balloons at Government House. Photo: VINO
Balloons were released into the air as a sign of remembrance for the 38 who have succumbed to AIDS related illnesses in the VI and persons were asked to whisper a prayer for the deceased on releasing the balloons at Government House. Photo: VINO
Balloons were released into the air as a sign of remembrance for the 38 who have succumbed to AIDS related illnesses in the VI and persons were asked to whisper a prayer for the deceased on releasing the balloons at Government House. Photo: VINO
Balloons were released into the air as a sign of remembrance for the 38 who have succumbed to AIDS related illnesses in the VI and persons were asked to whisper a prayer for the deceased on releasing the balloons at Government House. Photo: VINO
Balloons were released into the air as a sign of remembrance for the 38 who have succumbed to AIDS related illnesses in the VI and persons were asked to whisper a prayer for the deceased on releasing the balloons at Government House. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The National AIDS Programme is reporting that there has been a 50% increase in new cases of HIV reported in the Virgin Islands (VI) over the last year and that 30 percent were over the age of 60.

According to the Coordinator of the National AIDS Programme, Noelene Levons-Clarke, this reinforces the need to scale up sexual health promotion specifically to the older cross section of the VI population via the health sector, work places, faith-based organisations and via the media.

Speaking at Government House on Friday November 22, 2013 at the fundraising auction held by the HIV/AIDS Foundation, Mrs Levons-Clarke said the 50% rise in the number of new infections over the last year does not necessarily mean that HIV is on the rise in the Virgin Islands.

“Compared to previous years, we have increased access to HIV/AIDS counseling and testing within the health sector and have been diligent with contact tracing so that persons who have been infected with HIV over the last ten years now know their status,” Mrs Levons-Clarke stated.

According to the National AIDS Programme, the first case of HIV was reported in the VI in June 1985 and that 114 cases of HIV were reported at the end of October 2013. The number of reported cases between June 1985 and December 2007 was 67. There were nine new cases reported in 2008 and 2009 respectively, 7 in 2010, 6 in 2011, 5 in 2012 and 11 so far for this year.

Since 1995 there have been a total of 38 AIDS related deaths. Five babies were born to women living with HIV, two of which tested positive. One infant died in 2006 and the other is still alive on anti-retroviral treatment.

“Of the 41 persons living with HIV, 20 males and 21 females that access care and treatment locally, all are on anti-retroviral treatment. 36 clients are prescribed first line treatment, and 5 are on second line therapy…  Many other clients access care and treatment in the United States Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the US mainland, the Eastern Caribbean and Europe,” Mrs Levons-Clarke added.

Meanwhile, a moment of silence was observed for the 38 persons who have died from AIDS related illnesses in the Virgin Islands. Balloons were also released into the air as a sign of remembrance and persons were asked to whisper a prayer for the deceased on releasing the balloons at Government House.

The auction was hosted by Acting Governor Mrs V. Inez Archibald and Foundation Patron Mrs Jennie McCleary. Both Governor McCleary and Mrs McCleary were said to be out of the territory.

Mrs Archibald thanked Mr and Mrs McCleary for allowing the use of Government House for the fundraising activity and added that the couple has been “extremely generous in opening their homes to all sorts of charities and foundations to raise funds and I believe their hearts are with us this evening.”

She also thanked the HIV/AIDS Foundation for its noble efforts and said there was much wisdom in the multi-sector approach to its fundraising as no entity could do it alone.

18 Responses to “50% increase in new HIV cases reported in VI- Levons-Clarke”

  • pat (25/11/2013, 09:05) Like (6) Dislike (9) Reply

    Too much b**ty man in dey place

  • thomas (25/11/2013, 10:25) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    These statistics are scary. We need to be extremely careful. No one can be trusted anymore. Even when we do our best to stay faithful to our partner/spouses, the question is whether they are being faithful to us. I am certain that many of those who are now infected, were infected by an unfaithful partner/spouse who brought it home to their wives or husbands. We need to wake up people. Stop putting your lives at risk. More importantly, stop putting the lives of your innocent and unsuspecting partners/spouses at risk.
  • kuse (25/11/2013, 10:32) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
    Then change your life style so it will be one less b**ty man.
  • ANerey (25/11/2013, 11:21) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    You cannot pray for the dead. The bible says they are of no more. What we have to do is pray for the living.
    • good thing (25/11/2013, 14:23) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Amen
      • dem say (25/11/2013, 18:15) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Change does not come without some sacrifice. If we only historically concerned ourselves with short term losses, we would still be slaves....deeds stat are serious
        • @ Dem Say (25/11/2013, 18:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
          Nooooo!!! You are giving facts and logical arguements. Please stop!! You are in the wrong forum
  • Release (25/11/2013, 13:34) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Come on BVI massives lets unite, lets show others that contrary to popular belief, we are a united nation in the fight aganist AIDS
  • Chair Man (25/11/2013, 15:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow!!!! these stats are very scary, the British Virgin Islands is a very some place and to have that high number in Aids is very serious
  • Chaos (25/11/2013, 17:37) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    These old man sticking their prick into anything smh.
    • Kev (26/11/2013, 23:57) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      And taking it home to their wives. Older people should be enjoying their lives together and not getting diseases. Some elders never grew up and trying to act young to impress their friends like the still got it. What they have gotten is a sure death sentence along with their spouse.
  • Marie (25/11/2013, 18:53) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    If everyone just stuck to one partner, there would not this many cases. The statistics are staggering. 50% increase and 30% over the age of 60? How can we teach our children to be careful and safe when the elders are being so reckless. This is scary for islands this small. Please people, take a moment a think before you have sex. Use protection, double and triple. Couples should really make an agreement with each other to be faithful and stay strong.
  • north (25/11/2013, 19:52) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    we all forget the society that we live in, sex sex sex spanish girls and strippers
  • in the HOA (25/11/2013, 23:30) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    heard it even got anti man politicians but who the cap fit let them wear it!!!
  • NPolitico (27/11/2013, 17:14) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    AIDS is a more lethal type of STD. In the old days, you get the "clap" and the doctor would prescribe some tablets or chook you with a shot and you would wait a few days and you back in business. Today, AIDS kill. Though there is aggressive and consistent reearch, there is no cure for AIDS; AIDS is a killer. The article indicates that 38 of our family and friends have succumb to the dreaded disease. Further, at least 41 of our friends and family are living with the disease.

    It is common in the region for a man or even a woman to have a main thing and one or more side things. And the side things may in turn have one or more side things. This is a deadly sexual pepper pot. We need to take AIDS seriously and change our promiscuous behavior. At least we need to acknowledge that AIDS is a KILLER.

    To my beloved sisters, I say that if your partner has a roving eye and is whoring around, you must put things in lockdown. Secondly, if you still want to fool around and he does not want to wrap it up, you must lock it up. Sisters be strong . Abstinence is a better choice than living a life of heartache, pain, suffering, torture, regret and ultimately a premature death . You have an obligation to protect your health. Stay alive.


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