HIV Statistics show decrease in infection rate Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 October 2017 00:00

The HIV trend throughout the country has seen a decline over the past few years. While there is an estimated total of 3,665 persons living with the disease, of over 32,000 tests done in 2016, there was only a 0.7% positivity rate. Of those 3,665 persons living with the disease, 1,353 were receiving anti-retroviral drugs as of December 2016. Director of Health Services Dr. Marvin Manzanero told the Guardian that treatment is available for all who need it. He noted that it is only provided however to those with a CD4 count of 500 and less.

Rates of infected persons are highest in the Belize district followed by Cayo then Stann Creek. In the Belize district, there are a total of 126 newly diagnosed persons, 67 men and 59 women, while in Cayo there are 37 new cases, 16 men and 21 women. In Stann Creek, there are a total of 10 men and 11 women that have been newly diagnosed.

The north districts saw less new cases. Both Corozal and Orange Walk saw 15 newly diagnosed persons with 10 men and 5 women and 9 men and 6 women, respectively. The district of Toledo saw the least number of newly diagnosed cases. There are 10 new cases, 6 men and 4 women.

The greatest success story in the fight against AIDs is the Ministry of Health’s Mother to Child Transmission program which has likewise seen a downward trend. Although 35 babies were born to HIV positive women, 0 were infected with the disease.