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More than 3,000 people in Belize living with HIV

Posted: Tuesday, November 28, 2023. 2:01 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: World Aids Day is recognized on December 1.

The day is set aside to bring together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity.

The day will be observed under the theme, “Let communities lead”.

World Aids Day is an opportunity to reflect on the progress made to date, to raise awareness about the challenges that remain to achieve the goals of ending AIDS by 2030 and to mobilize all stakeholders to jointly redouble efforts to ensure the success of the HIV response.

Data from the Ministry of Health and Wellness shows that in Belize, an estimated 3,682 people were living with HIV at the end of 2022.

Last year, the Ministry records show 38,250 HIV tests were done.

In addition, 66 persons died of HIV related conditions last year.

As of December 2022, 1,620 HIV infected persons were receiving anti-retroviral drugs.

Forty-three cases of HIV were reported among pregnant women and 17 of those were newly detected cases.

The Ministry also noted that over the last 5 years, there were twice as many women tested for HIV as compared to men.

 

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