Wider Availability of Drugs has Reduced AIDS Deaths – Baugh

Member of Parliament for West Central St. Catherine, Dr. Kenneth Baugh, has said that the wider availability of anti retroviral drugs to selected HIV/AIDS victims, including expectant mothers, has served to reduce the incidence of deaths and mother to child transmission of the disease.
Dr. Baugh, who was making his contribution to the 2007/08 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives yesterday (June 26), however pointed to the need for more efforts to be made to dispel the myths of how HIV is spread.
According to Dr. Baugh, “the most important goal must be to achieve full education and behaviour changes among high risk groups, especially people with AIDS, in being responsible and considerate of others (especially partners).”
He noted that there is a “high incidence of multiple partners and risky behaviour especially of young girls acquiring AIDS (with the figures being) two to three times the incidence of boys of the same group, indicating contact with older men.”
“The important observation I wish to make is that HIV/AIDS disease is a social disease with a pattern in developing and poor countries different to that in industrialized and wealthy countries,” Dr. Baugh stated, noting that the disease in poor countries is of a high prevalence and dominated by heterosexual transmission.

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