Jamaica Making Progress but Much Further to go – UNAIDS

The Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe, says Jamaica’s conservative nature is contributing to the difficulty in tackling the AIDS epidemic in the country.

His comments coincide with today’s celebration of World Aids Day.

Mr. Sidibe says Jamaica’s conservatism has contributed to a lacklustre approach in dealing with the transmission of HIV among marginal groups such as homosexuals.

He praised Jamaica for achieving a low rate of mother to child transmission of HIV.

But he says the country has much work to do to control the stigma and discrimination which serve as a barrier to HIV positive persons seeking treatment.