Ministry of Health sets ‘tall order’ target for HIV

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BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — The Ministry of Health is asking that all residents of St Kitts and Nevis get tested for HIV as part of the ’90-90-90’ initiative.

The initiative, created by UN AIDS, has set out a goal that by 2020 90 parent of all people living with HIV will know their status, 90 percent of HIV infected people will be receiving treatment, and 90 percent of those receiving treatment will have suppressed the virus.

“This indeed is a tall order and cannot happen without the full cooperation of the public. So your partnership in this leadership promotional forum is critical to garner that increased awareness for HIV testing,” said Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Delores Stapleton-Harris.

Aware of HIV status and treatment through these of antiretroviral (ARVs) drugs is considered key parts of combatting the spread of HIV. HIV positive people receiving proper treatment through ARV’s can suppress the virus and substantially decrease the chances of spreading it to others.

Stapleton-Harris urged the public to participate in National Testing Day on Friday, where HIV testing will be provided at Independence Square in Basseterre.

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