JIS News

Prime Minister Bruce Golding, will mark World AIDS Day, by addressing a Leadership event on Monday, December 1, under the theme ‘Youth Take the Lead’.
The Prime Minister will use the opportunity to launch the HIV/AIDS Workplace Policy, which has been developed by the Office of the Prime Minister and the Office of the Cabinet. The Ministry of Water and Housing has already launched a handbook on HIV/AIDS policy guidelines for the workplace.
The Minister of Labour and Social Security, Pearnel Charles, is also piloting the Green Paper on the National HIV/AIDS Workplace Policy through the Joint Select Committee of Parliament, due to meet again on December 3. All HIV/AIDS workplace policies follow the guidelines used by the National HIV/AIDS Policy approved by Parliament in 2005 and the draft National HIV/AIDS Workplace Policy. Several other Ministries and private sector companies have draft policies that are at an advanced stage of completion.
World AIDS Day was launched November 24. A number of islandwide activities have been planned to highlight the observation of ‘World AIDS Day’. Events in Kingston and St. Andrew include a youth forum next week Friday, November 28, at Campion College and a national church service to be held on Sunday, November 30 at the Swallowfield Chapel.
Devon House will be the venue for a full day of activities on December 1 starting at 7:30 a.m. Students will be bussed in from St Catherine and the corporate area to attend the event which will feature interactive booths to build abstinence skills and condom negotiation. There will be free HIV/AIDS Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT). A concert featuring up-coming and popular performers will round out the day.
The Prime Minister is a strong advocate of individuals knowing their HIV status and calls on everyone to get tested voluntarily if sexually active. Last year, Prime Minister Golding voluntarily got tested for HIV as a public activity.