Published On: Tue, Nov 11th, 2014

HIV infections continue to increase

Sint Elizabeth HospitalWILLEMSTAD - The number of people with HIV in Curacao increased by 122 last year. In June this year, there were 762 HIV patients, of which 526 were being treated. This is evident from the latest figures presented last Saturday at the Naskho conference for internists and general practitioners. A pilot study is currently being performed by three general practices with the aim to identify more people with HIV infection, the testing on site and to shift the treatment to primary health care.

76 men and 46 women are among new HIV infected people in Curacao. The figures show that the vast majority of people who have HIV are in the age group 25 to 44 years. The majority of them are male.

According to Professor Ashley Duits of the Red Cross Blood Bank Foundation, it is that possible that this has to do with the lifestyle and “snack bar culture” in Curaçao. “Although not yet scientifically proven, these snack bars are one of the places where infections occur. They are places where illegal prostitution is being practiced and especially where the elderly go,” said Duits, who is one of the researchers on the HIV status of Curaçao. The latest data shows that three quarters of people with HIV are of Antillean descent.

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