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Health care professionals focus on HIV/AIDS stigma during workshop

first_img Share LocalNews Health care professionals focus on HIV/AIDS stigma during workshop by: – April 16, 2012 Sharing is caring! National HIV AIDS Coordinator Julie FramptonA number of health care professionals and organizations who work with people affected by HIV/ AIDS are presently gathered at the Garraway Hotel in Roseau for a week long training workshop focused on stigma and discrimination of people living with HIV/AIDS.National HIV/AIDS Coordinator Julie Frampton explained that the main objective of the workshop is to minimize the negative impact of HIV on people as it relates to stigma and discrimination.“We do not want people living with HIV to be hiding. We want persons to understand that HIV is a disease that can be contracted by anyone and we just want persons to be able to give them quality care when they walk through the door irrespective of their HIV status, whatever health problem that they have or even with their sexual orientation”.Health policy project caribbean program manager Ayana HypoliteFrampton said the fear of being discriminated sometimes prevent persons living with the disease from seeking treatment.“Stigma is a major obstacle in terms of people accessing services for HIV related conditions. Fear of discrimination prevents people from acknowledging that they are HIV positive and prevents people from seeking treatment upon diagnosis. It also poses a challenge to national authorities from getting a true picture of the burden of the epidemic because people are not coming forward for testing care and support”.Meanwhile one of the workshop facilitators, Caribbean Region Program Manager Ayana Hypolite noted the workshop will also focus on “improving regional coordination and communication around stigma and discrimination”.consultant facilitator Ross KiddThe workshop is organized by the National HIV/AIDS program of the Ministry of Health and supported by the Health Policy Project which provides technical support to the stigma and discrimination program of the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV & AIDS (PANCAP) and its implementing partners.The workshop was declared opened by permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health Helen Royer and will also be facilitated by Ross Kidd.Dominica reported 15 new HIV infections for 2011 and a total of 376 cases since the first case was reported in 1987.The majority of infected persons are of the male population with the most affected groups between the ages of 25 to 49.Dominica Vibes News 8 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more


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